Imam Khamanei’s message on Hajj: Islamic nations must resist US interventions
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei says a Jihad-like struggle and continued resistance is what can prevent America and other international aggressors from interfering in the affairs of the Islamic countries.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a message released on July 17, 2021 on the occasion of the start of the Hajj rituals.
Imam Khamenei said the coronavirus pandemic has deprived Islamic nations for the second year of the great blessing of Hajj pilgrimage.
Saudi Arabia is allowing only 60,000 fully vaccinated Saudi citizens and residents to take part, compared with some 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world who took part in 2019.
“This is another test, which like the other tests that have come to pass in the history of the Islamic nation, that will be followed by a bright future. What is important is that Hajj remain alive in its true home – in the hearts and souls of Muslims – so that now that its physical form is temporarily inaccessible, its exalted message not be diminished,” he said.
The Ḥajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. It is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey.
Imam Khamenei said over the last 150 years, Muslim nations have not had any role in deciding the fate of their countries and their governments.
“Apart from a few exceptions, they have all been led and governed by transgressing western governments while being subject to their greed, interference and malevolence. Scientific backwardness and political dependence in many countries is the product of that passivity and incompetence.”