RNA – Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Ruhe-Zafar Rizvi, the Friday prayer leader of Mumbai, India, welcomed the letter of Ayatollah Alireza Arafi, the head of the Islamic Seminaries of Iran, to Indian religious scholars and leaders and described it as a factor in thwarting the Islamophobia project n India.
The text of Hujjat al-Islam Rizvi’s letter is as follows:
In His Name, the Most High
The head of the Islamic Seminaries of Iran
as-Salamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh [May the peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you]
Your Excellency’s letter is hopeful and facilitating at this critical juncture, wherein the tribulation of the Coronavirus has plagued all of India and the country is in general quarantine and businesses, offices, schools and transportation have been completely suspended. Also, extremist, fanatical and opportunistic Hindus are also poisoning the country’s secure environment. The internet and social media platforms are full of hateful, provocative, and Islamophobic rhetoric and they are spreading rumours against Muslims and Muslims are being blamed for the exacerbation of the Coronavirus in India.
As a small soldier in the seminary and of great position of wilayah (guardianship), I will implement each of your stipulations and the provisions of your letter to the best of my ability. May God grant success to all of us and May God grant you a long life.
Thank you very much.
Peace be upon you,
Sayyed Ruhe-Zafar Rizvi,
Friday prayer leader and congregational prayer leader of the Khoja Shi’ah Ithna-Ashari Mosque,
Rasa News Agency