Hajj is a political, religious obligation: Leader

TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) – Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described Hajj pilgrimage as a manifestation of political obligation and religious submission to God.

Addressing a meeting with Hajj organizers in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Hajj is a manifestation of submission to and humbleness before God."

Regarding other aspects of Hajj rituals, the Leader said, "It also has the social factors of unity, brotherhood, and harmony. Moreover, it is a display of congregation as well as morality.”

“Among major mistakes is that they say do not politicize Hajj! Creating unity is a political matter," he said, stressing that “supporting and defending the oppressed in the World of Islam, like the Palestinian and Yemeni nations, is a political matter, exactly based on Islamic teachings and an obligation.”

“Hajj is a political act and this political act is identically a religious obligation," he reiterated.

Highlighting the importance of providing the safety of the pilgrims, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The Saudi government bears major responsibilities. Among their responsibilities is providing security for the pilgrims but they should not create a security atmosphere.”

“While the pilgrims are in Mecca and Medina, they should treat the pilgrims properly, respectfully, and with honor; because they are the guests of God, the Merciful.”

MNA/Khamenei.ir

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