In a meeting with Sayyed Hasan Qazizadeh-Hashemi, the Iranian Minister of Health, Grand Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli referred to the massacre of pilgrims during the Hajj pilgrimage in 1987 and said when the word “Hajj“” is heard, one now thinks of the slaughter 402 innocent pilgrims in Saudi Arabia which has created an old wound in the hearts of Muslims.
The renowned Iranian source of emulation emphasized the incompetence of the House of Saud, adding that the 1987 Hajj tragedy is proof that the House of Saud is not competent to be the “Custodians of the Two Holy Mosques.”
“If in this same year, the Holy Land was taken from the hands of the incompetent House of Saud we would not have witnessed this years’ tragedy in Mina,” he said.
Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli said that the House of Saudi should know that the Ka’bah is not the pyramids of Egypt and it belongs to all Muslims who pray toward it throughout the day.
He explained that Ka’bah, the qiblah of all Muslims, has been captured by the House of Saud and added that the pilgrims to this House of God died there while answering the call of God. The Saudi authorities claim that this tragedy was a mistake and that they intend to give the survivors blood-money in compensation. “This incident was semi-intentional and the Saudis must give them more compensation that that required from a mistake,” he stated.
He stressed that it is necessary that Makkah’s Grand Mosque is liberated from the claws of the House of Saud and the organization of the Hajj ceremonies, in which Muslims of various nationalities, languages and cultures participate, should be managed by an international Islamic organization.
His Eminence referred to the recent Israeli attacks on Palestinians, saying the Israeli attacks have killed many civilians but Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi clergy made no mention of this incident during Friday prayers’ sermons.
Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli also condemned the Saudi-led war on their impoverished neighbouring country, Yemen, explaining: “The House of Saud is directly dominated by the United States and Israel. In broad daylight, they attack innocent people and recently bombed a wedding celebration, where even children were not spared.”
The renowned Quranic exegist advised that all efforts must be applied to bring the bodies of those killed in the Mina tragedy back to Iran. “In case this is not possible, the family of the pilgrims should not be upset that their loved ones are buried in Makkah, because it is a holy land where the prophets walked,” he said.
He urged scholars in the seminaries and universities to come up with a plan to take the Two Holy Shrines out of the hands of incompetent House of Saud. “Muslims throughout the world must be united in this action and we hope that God Almighty will bestow a painful punishment on the House of Saud,” he said.