Sunnis should be Free to Offer Tarawih

Sunnis should be Free to Offer Tarawih

Criticizing unofficial pressures on some Sunni worshipers about Tarawih prayers, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid urged no one can forbid Sunnis from worshipping according to their faith and jurisprudence.
The most influential Iranian Sunni leader said in his sermon of June 2, 2017 in Zahedan: “According to the constitution Iranian Sunnis have equal rights to observe their religious rituals freely. No one can impose his own principles and standards on the followers of other sects,” he added more.
Expressing his concerns on some reports about banning Sunnis from establishing Tarawih prayers, Mawlana Abdol-Hamid said: “Some short-sighted unofficial elements create troubles for Sunni citizens forbidding them from Tarawih prayers. While the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran has stressed Shias and Sunnis have equal rights and they are brothers with each other.”
Every year in Ramadan, Sunni citizens in Iran gather for Tarawih prayers in congregation in mosques. In some cities, especially in metropolises, they gather in prayer-houses where some of them face troubles created by fanatic elements.

During hot days of Ramadan people suffer from power outage
In another part of his speech on the first Friday of Ramadan 1438, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid asked the authorities to find an immediate solution for power outage in some areas.
He said: “Our people are patient as they tolerate difficulties; but the officials should not remain inactive as people suffer from energy problems during hot days in Ramadan.”
“The officials and other influential figures like Ulama and tribal elders should be with the people; even they should fulfil their unwanted demands,” Khateeb of Sunnis in Zahedan concluded his points.

At the end of his sermon he expressed his deep sorrow on the demise of a senior teacher at Jamiat-ul-Haramayn of Chabahar, Mawlana Riayatullah Rawanbod who passed away today morning. He was suffering from cancer.

Benefit Ramadan to purify soul
In the first part of his sermon, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid said that Ramadan was a special opportunity to purify soul and build it spiritually.
Beginning the sermon by the Noble Qur’anic verse: “یَا أَیُّهَا الَّذِینَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَیْكُمُ الصِّیَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَی الَّذِینَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ”, he said: “Ramadan along with all Islamic commands are the very beautiful and comprehensive projects of Islam to reform and purify mankind.”
“Allah Almighty cleans His servants from inward and outward dirt by those commands and projects. They are tolerable for mankind and fasting is one of the best and unexampled rituals which reform the man fully,” the rector of Darululoom Zahedan urged.
He added more: “Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an; we should recite as more as we can during Ramadan. It is the Sunnah of the prophet and for more benefits we should recite the Qur’an more in this blissful month.”
Calling on more worships during Ramadan, Mawlana Abdol-Hamid said: “Apart from the recitation of the Qur’an and remembrance of Allah, donate on the path of Allah and spend your wealth on poor, orphans and needy people.”
“Avoid from misdeeds in this month in order to get more benefits. The influence of observing fast which is piety can be obtained by leaving sins behind. The love of Allah enters in hearts which are free of misdeeds and bad tenets,” he concluded.

Tarawih is a Sunnah of Rasoulullah PBUH
Alluding to the importance of Tarawih prayers in the view of Ahl-us-Sunnah, Khateeb of Sunnis said: “Tarawih and Tahajjud are the other special rituals in Ramadan. We can benefit more from Ramadan by these worships which have approved by the authenticated Hadiths.”
He concluded his points and said: “Tarawih has not been legitimated by the second caliph, Sayyidana Omar bin al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him; rather it was legitimated by the prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him. Sayyidana Omar just gathered the people on one imam in Masjid-un-Nabi where they used to offer Tarawih in various congregations. These worships are supplementary for fasting.”

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