Iran Bars its Pilgrims To Perform Hajj to Makkah

  • TEHRAN — In a sign of further tension between regional rivals, Iran will not allow its citizens to travel to Saudi Arabia for the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in September, Iran’s state television reported on Sunday.

    The decision, which means that tens of thousands of Iranians cannot make their spiritual journey to the main pilgrimage site of Islam, comes after several failed rounds of talks between officials of both countries and on the heels of accusations that Saudi Arabia has started a cyberwar against Iran.
    Iran’s culture minister, Ali Jannati, told state television that “no pilgrims would be sent to to the Muslim holy sites of Mecca and Medina, because of obstacles created by Saudi officials.”
    In a statement, Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage organization condemned Saudi Arabia for what it said was a lack of cooperation. “Too much time has been lost and it is now too late to organize the pilgrimage,” the organization said, according to the semiofficial Mehr news agency.

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  • I am afraid if the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia is heightened to this level, it is flash point.

  • Both are playing dirty politics using religion card. None of them care about the pilgrimage, the only objective is to score a point against the political rival.

  • It should be noted that incompetence of KSA led to death of more than two thousand Hajis. All Muslim countries should demand KSA to take responsibility their sad death and rectify all problems that led to death.

  • This could well be a ploy by the Iranian Ayatollahs to project one of their own sites like Qom to be the next place for pilgrimage for Shia Islam. After all this is a war for political and commercial gains, religion has nothing to do with it.