Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei urged Muslims to use the Hajj rituals this year in order to take a united stance against Israeli efforts to control the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Addressing a group of officials in charge of annual Hajj in Tehran Sunday, Imam Khamenei stressed that Palestine must be the Muslims’ central cause.
“The Zionists have become emboldened and rude, giving themselves the right to get tough with the owners of the al-Aqsa Mosque and prevent them,” the Leader said.
“Where can the Islamic Ummah find a better venue than Hajj to comment on the Al-Aqsa Mosque? Where is the place to take a position against the mischievous presence of America in the region? Hajj is the best venue,” his eminence added.
Imam Khamenei also recommended that the pilgrims focus on the issue of unity, saying no one should do anything which may help create friction.
The Leader further asked pilgrims to participate in congregational prayers in the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca which surrounds Islam’s holiest site and the Masjid al-Nabawi which is the second holiest site to Muslims, situated in Medina.
“While billions of dollars are spent to create disunity, friction and hostility among Muslims, Muslims should be careful not to help this effort, because each Islamic nation that contributes to this plot will be a partner in the consequences of this great sin.”
On the other hand, Imam Khamenei stressed that the safety of pilgrims is an important issue, noting that Iran did not forget what happened during 2015 Mina tragedy when hundreds of Iranian pilgrims were martyred in a stampede in the Saudi Arabia.
Source: Iranian media