During the press conference which Makkah’ governor Khaled al-Faisal held at the emirates’ headquarters in Mina, he talked about the pilgrims coming from Iran and said: “Iranian pilgrims are our brothers in Islam. We’ve received them and welcomed them in this holy land. We hope they perform hajj, like they arrived, in peace, and that we have nothing but good and kind words to say about one another.”
These statements are significant because they’re made by a prominent Saudi official who has administrative and political experience and holds an important post in supervising and organizing hajj rituals. His statements separated between politics and worship. The depth of the political and diplomatic dispute between Tehran and Riyadh is no secret; however, it did not affect the hajj season this year. The coordination and agreement between the two countries contributed to helping the Iranian pilgrims perform the rituals safely. Reuters quoted Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, as saying: “To be honest, the Saudis are doing a great job, working hard to deliver the best service.”
Let’s take a look at history, specifically at the phase when Hejaz began to submit to the command of King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman. Back then, he sent a letter to the Persian consul in Jeddah and said: “We inform our Muslim brothers that all problems and difficulties which Hussein caused in these holy sites are over. The doors of Hejaz are now open for whoever wants to enter through them.”
This letter which Iranian researcher Banasheh Keynoush mentioned in her book “Saudi Arabia and Iran – Friends of Foes,” confirms that managing the two holy mosques was separated from political disputes and sectarian and ideological stances.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر