Speaking among the members of the Iranian Parliament’s Sunni Fraction, this Marja’ said that the verse in the holy Quran that says “Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah, and those with him are firm of heart against the unbelievers, compassionate among themselves” is the yardstick and criterion for all Muslims.
He added: “the criterion for being a Muslim is to severely confront with unbelievers, and to be compassionate with other Muslims. From the first day, when Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) started establishing an Islamic society, his major goal was to create unity and integrity amongMuslims.”
Stating that Quran regards all Muslims as brothers, he declared: “Brotherhood is the most intimate relationship among two people, on which Quran emphasizes.”
“Prophet (PBUH) has said: ‘he who is a believer is kindhearted towards people, and he who is not kindhearted towards people will not benefit from any blessings.” Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) also compares the Islamic Ummah to a foundation, a building, and also two hands washing each other” he added.
Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani reiterated that all our efforts should be made towards creating unity and integrity among Muslims. He also said that the enemies have done great harms to Muslims through creating a distance among them. They point to the differences among Arabs and non-Arabs, and racial issues to sow discord among Muslims.
He further said: “Unfortunately, today, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar invest money on creating discrepancy among Muslims. They are not firm-hearted against unbelievers; but they have surrendered themselves to them and are their puppets.”
Stating that Shia and Sunni are treated the same in Iran, this prominent Qom seminary professor also said: “You are our dear brothers! Imam Khomeini united Shias and Sunnis from the first day of the victory of Islamic Revolution of Iran.”
He added: “The pure Imams (A.S) say: ‘Go to the Sunnis’ mosques; stand behind them and perform your prayers; and respect them.” Even in the past, the Shias and Sunnis studied at the same seminary schools.”
Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani considered splitting Muslims as one of the important plots of the enemies, and said: “After the Islamic Awakening, the enemies are taking further steps to create distance among Muslims, one of which is launching Takfiri groups such as ISIL and Taliban.”
“You, our brothers, are aware of such plots. Our awakening, unity and integrity are very important issues. The security of the Islamic Republic is provided through unity among people. The Iranian Shias and Sunnis are friendly united; they are brothers and live under a single flag. The Supreme Leader also emphasizes on unity and integrity as Imam Khomeini did.” he added.
“We honor our meeting with you today, and consider it to be an indicative of unity. We hope there will be more of such meetings in the future” said this religious authority at the end of his speech.