Expressing his deep sorrow on creating obstacles for Sunni worshipers in Tehran, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid criticized the event strongly and urged Sunni must not have any fear regarding establishment of prayers.
Talking to tens of thousands worshipers in Zahedan on Friday 10th June, 2016, Khateeb and Friday imam of Sunnis in Zahedan said, “It is astonishing to see some element cannot tolerate Salah (prayers) in some places inside a country where unity and fraternity rule. Salah is just a veneration and praise of Allah.”
“There is no sensitivity about Salah/namaz in any corner of the world. We will object if anyone create problems for a Shia or Sunni establisher of prayers in Muslim or non-Muslim countries. Unfortunately, in Iran where the ruling system and soil are honorable for us, we see in the blessing month of Ramadan that people face problems to offer prayers and security police ban worshipers to enter prayer-houses,” he underlined.
The rector of Darululoom Zahedan asked, “Aren’t we brothers? Aren’t we Iranians? Why there is a difference between Zahedan and Tehran? All parts of Iran belong to every Iranian. We expect the authorities will ensure our freedoms and we will be free to offer prayers without any fear and hesitation. This is our legal right and the implementers of law must execute it.”
Mawlana Abdol-Hamid warned, “We have many problems, but we show patience and avoid to express them just for the sake of unity and peace. But Salah is not a case on which we remain silent. Namaz is not something to be condoned. Closing prayer-houses and threating worshipers to not offer prayers are unbearable for us.
He further said, “Namaz is not something to be forbidden. Once we met the minister of guidance and told him we are asked to get permission from you for establishing prayers. The minister laughed and said there was no regulation and law in the country that we should give permission for offering prayers, whoever wants to offer prayers in any place no one can stop him.”
“Therefore, in this country and other parts of the world no one can ask people for getting permission to offer prayers. Prohibiting people from offering prayers is against Islam, law and unity. The implementers of the law should pay more attention to their Sunni brothers in metropolises. Their demands should be noted and their voice should be heard. We expect the higher officials will pursue our problems to resolve them,” Shaikh Abdol-Hamid underlined.