Shaikh Abdol-Hamid decried target-killing of some educational and cultural activists in Baluchistan of Iran in his latest Friday sermon of Oct. 24, 2014 in Zahedan.
He termed the target-killing of ‘Reza Sargazi’, a primary school teacher in Qasarqand district of Sistan-Baluchistan ‘very painful’.
Khateeb of Sunnis urged, “Murder of innocent people is a big crime, but killing teachers is a much bigger crime. Opening fire on penmen and educational activists who do not carry guns is a big cruelty. We strongly condemn such attacks. People of Sistan-Baluchistan will not pardon culprits behind such crimes.”
He expressed his satisfaction with the role of the provincial government, saying, “By the blessings of Allah and sanely management of officials in the country and province, Sistan-Baluchistan is going on the right path towards development. A sort of confidence between local and regional officials has been obtained that is a good move.”
“People who live outside of their province [Sistan-Baluchistan] must not destabilize peace by provocation of others. Problems and incompetence should be resolved by legal channels and negotiation,” he added more.
Warning over sectarian disputes in Sistan-Baluchistan, the rector of Darululoom Zahedan made it clear, “As we urge on the protection of peace in the province, we do not allow anyone to create sectarian disputes. We want to live peacefully with fraternity. Different ethnic and religious communities must live together peacefully and friendly.”
I hope a new Hijri year with success and peace for Muslims
Pointing out to the arrival of new lunar, Hijri, year, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid said, “After the painful departure of the prophet, peace be upon him, the Companions decided to create a history as a starting point. After analyzing and consultation, they agreed to declare the migration of the prophet from Makkah to Madinah as the starting point of Islamic history; it is the most important event in the history of Islam.”
He added more, “I hope the Almighty make the new Islamic year full of blessings, peace and reconciliation among different groups for Muslims.”
At the end of his speech, Khateeb of Sunnis expressed his regret over the death of Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani, chairman of the Assembly of Experts in Iran.