(AhlulBayt News Agency) - As the season of the Hajj pilgrimage--a journey of pilgrims to the land of divine inspirations [Mecca]--approaches, Ayatollah Khamenei, the Leader of the Revolution, met with Iranian organizers and administrators of Hajj this Sunday, July 30th, 2017.
Talking points from the Leader of the Revolution's speech are as follows:
Today's meeting, among Hajj organizers and administrators, commenced with Ayatollah Khamenei touching on the great capacity the Hajj event offers to millions of Muslim pilgrims from around the world.
The Leader of the Revolution urged Muslims to take advantage of this opportunity and said: "The Hajj event can host the greatest social & human capacity; it provides Muslims with a great opportunity to express their beliefs."
Ayatollah Khamenei elaborated on the necessity of expression against non-believers by stating, "A true pilgrimage is one with Bira’at (expressed rejection of nonbelievers). Imam Khomeini said he wouldn't accept Hajj without Bira'at."
The Supreme Leader reminded his audience on the importance of current Islamic topics, like the outrageous Muslim ban by the Zionist regime at the Al Aqsa Mosque, to that he added, "Today, Al-Aqsa Mosque is a vital topic, Zionists are getting even more aggressive, they dare ban the people to whom Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs!" He reiterated, "What opportunity is better than Hajj, where Muslims can go to express their concerns on Al-Aqsa Mosque, or the appalling presence of USA in the region?"
Reflecting back on the tragedy at Mina, in Saudi Arabia during the annual Hajj event of 2015, Ayatollah Khamenei expressed the need for sufficient security measures. The Leader of the Revolution stated, "Security of Hajj pilgrims is essential. We will never forget the disaster of Mina in 2015."
Furthermore, the Leader acknowledged that other states, too, held responsibility for the security of pilgrims by adding, "Security of Hajj pilgrims must be assured by the country responsible for the organization of Hajj; and all other states should be exigent towards security, too."
Ayatollah Khamenei finally stated, "Security, dignity & well-being of pilgrims must be protected. Care must be taken to avoid a repeat disaster like that of Mina in 2015."