Following abusive remarks and baseless allegations of a Shia cleric in a private satellite TV channel about the most influential Iranian Sunni leader, dozens of scholars, intellectuals and rectors of seminaries decried the managers of the TV.
“Sunnionline.us” reported that a member of Velayat Satellite TV channel had accused Mawlana Abdol-Hamid to be ‘Nasebi’ “who are the worst human beings on the earth”. He also termed the imam of Sunnis in Iran to be ‘immodest’ and alleged him for holding ‘many wives, cars and houses and collaborating with gangs and criminals’.
The insulting remarks of Abolqasemi, the member of Velayat TV came after the trip of Shaikh Abdol-Hamid for taking part in a juridical conference and performing Umrah in the two holy cities where he met some influential scholars.
Velayat TV is the only private satellite TV channel that has been managing and operating its activities inside Iran from Qom. Its director is Ayatollah Qazvini under the patronage of the influential Shia Marja’, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi.
Rectors and teachers of seminaries, heads of some cultural and Islamic organizations and members and users of social websites condemned the abusive remarks strongly.
Later on, the program of the insulting member was changed to the statement of the director of the channel where he apologized for the abusive remarks. But he did not announce dismissal of his employee.
Reacting to the incident, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid called on the directors of Velayat TV to dismiss ‘extremist’ members from their staff. He also invited the directors of all satellite TV channels to maintain the unity of Muslims and avoid from creating troubles and disputes for them.