The ongoing Tablighi Ijtima in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) has provided an opportunity to bring Sunni and Shia sects closer in a manner the region has never witnessed before.
On Monday, Maulana Tariq Jamil delivered a sermon in the central Shia mosque, preaching peace, tolerance and respect for each other’s beliefs. Jamil is a well-known Deobandi preacher whose religious activities took root in Raiwind, Lahore.
He is one of the few hundred scholars who reached Gilgit from various parts of Pakistan to participate in the Ijtima being held in Gilgit from June 9 to 11, 2013. Ijtima is a Sunni religious congregation held over a couple of days, where often hundreds of thousands gather to hear sermons. The one in Gilgit was organised under the banner of the Tablighi Jamaat.
In a wise step that will close the doors on any sedition between the Sunnis and the Shiites on the one hand, and will obstruct American and Israeli schemes on the other, a fatwa was issued on October the 2nd by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Syed Ali Khamenei, which prohibits insulting the prophet’s companions, God bless them, and/or abusing the mothers of the faithful wives of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be on him and on his household).
Khamenei’s fatwa is important despite the fact that dozens of the religious prominent Shiite symbols in Iran have earlier condemned the campaigns of abusing Sayeda Aisha, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) because he is a very prominent Marja. In fact, Khamenei is also the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which includes the largest number of Shiites in the world.