Molavi Abdul Hamid

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Abdul Hamid Ismaeelzahi
Molavi Abdul Hamid in Iranian Presidential center.jpg
Title Molavi
Shaykh al-Islām
Imam of Sunni Muslims of Iran
Friday Prayer Imam of Zahedan
Born Abdul Hamid Ismaeelzahi
1947 (age 69–70)
Zahedan, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Era Modern Era
Region Middle East
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni Islam
Jurisprudence Hanafi
Main interest(s) Sharia, Fiqh, Hadith
Alma mater Zahedan Darololom

Molavi AbdolHamid Ismaeelzahi or Shaikh-ul-Islam Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi (Persian: مولوی عبدالحمید اسماعیل زهی): is a Sunni theologian and the spiritual leader of the Sunni Muslims in Iran. According to a biography published in his website he was born in 1947 (1366 H. Q) in "Galougah" (گلوگاه) village, an area in the vicinity of Zahedan and educated in Badr-ul-Uloom Hammadiya Islamic seminary Rahimyarkhan, Punjab, Pakistan.

After the death of former Sunni leader and member of expert assembly Molavi Abdolaziz Mollazadeh in 1987, Molavi Abdolhamid took the leadership of Grand Makki mosque, its seminary(Jamiah Darul Uloom Zahedan) and other related vigorous religious institutions.

Nowadays Makki and its joint institutions are the strongest Sunni religious institutions in Iran with significant political and social influence on Sunni Muslims in Iran.

Molavi Abdolhamid is well known for his advocacy to Sunni rights[which?] in Iran.[citation needed] Some of Iranian medias branded him as a moderate Sunni voice in the dominantly Shi'ites nation.[citation needed]

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In July 2014, Mowlavi Abdolhamid, a senior Sunni leader and the Friday Imam of Zahedan, has been banned from leaving Iran.[1][better source needed] In 2013, Mowlavi Abdolhamid was also prevented from participating in the International Conference of the World of Islam Association.[citation needed]

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