Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in a message to Hajj pilgrims on Monday, urged solidarity and union among Muslims.
The message comes as over two million Muslims from across the world are making the annual Hajj pilgrimage in and around the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Hajj is one of the main duties of faith in Islam which every Muslim is required to perform at least once in a lifetime if they are financially and physically able.
In his message, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “an important point that makes any thoughtful individual curious and sensitive is the appointment of a permanent meeting place for all people and all generations throughout the years, in a specific place and a determined, limited time period. This unique time and place are one of the main secrets of Hajj.”
The full text of the Leader’s message is as follows:
In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful,
All Praise is due to Allah, and greetings upon His Messenger Al-Mustafa and upon his pure and righteous household, and the best of his companions.
Allah the Elevated said: “Call people for Hajj — an act of worship accomplished by visiting the sacred sites in Mecca. They will come on foot and on lean camels from distant quarters. To see their benefits, commemorate the name of God during the appointed days…” (Qur’an: 22: 27, 28)
This heavenly chant still calls to hearts, inviting humanity beyond centuries and eras to gather around the pivot of monotheism. All human beings are addressed by this Abrahamic call and dignified by it, although, in some corners they may not hear it; or some hearts, under the cover of ignorance and negligence, are deprived of it; or even though some do not prepare their hearts to be qualified for entering this ever-lasting, global feast, for any reason, they are not granted the opportunity.
Now you have enjoyed this blessing and have stepped into the security arena of the divine reception. Arafat, Mash’ar, Mina, Safa, Marwa, and Bait-ul-Haram Mosque or The Prophet’s Mosque, every single part of these locations and rituals represents a link of the chain of spirituality and soul elevation for a pilgrim who knows the value of this opportunity and takes advantage of it for purifying themselves and stocking up [on spirituality] for the rest of their lives.
No doubt, one of the best instances “to see their benefits” (Qur’an: 22:27) is this annual meeting of all the communities of the Islamic Ummah (community) around God’s House. This is the key to Islamic union, and the symbol of Islam’s formation of the Ummah, which is to be under the protection of God’s House. God’s House belongs to all: “The Sacred Mosque, which We have made for those who dwell nearby and foreigners alike.” (Qur’an: 22: 25)
The Hajj, in this specified place, and in this time period, always and throughout the years calls Muslims to solidarity and union via an articulate language and clear logic.
And this is the opposite of what the enemies of Islam aspire to do: To incite Muslims to fight against each other at all times and, especially, during the present time. Look at the behavior of the arrogant and criminal US. Its essential policy against Islam and Muslims is warmongering. Its desire and vicious efforts aim at killing Muslims by other Muslims, causing some oppressive groups to attack oppressed ones, supporting the oppressors, suppressing the oppressed, and fueling this appalling conspiracy.
Muslims should be aware of and nullify this satanic policy. The Hajj prepares the ground for this awareness, and this represents the philosophy of declaring repudiation to pagans and arrogant powers during Hajj.
Remembrance of God represents the spirit of Hajj. In all circumstances, let’s revive and gratify our hearts with this rain of blessings, and deepen in our hearts reliance and trust in Him, who is the source of power, glory, justice, and beauty. We will overcome the enemy’s ploy in this manner.
Dear Hajj pilgrims, do not forget to pray for the Islamic Ummah, the oppressed people in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Pakistan, Kashmir, Myanmar and other parts of the world. Ask Allah to cut the hands of the US, other arrogant powers and their supporters.
May God’s peace and mercy be upon you.
Seyyed Ali Khamenei
August 19, 2018
Dhul Hajjah 7, 1439