BY DR SLM RIFAI-
According to some reliable sources (Hudud news in Arabic), Iran has decided to cancel the ritual of Hajj until the completion of construction of Alternative Kaaba or the transfer of those in Mecca to the City of Qom or Najaf. According to Ayat. Kisthani, Iran was compelled to take this decision after all other ways of finding solution for Iranian hajj pilgrimage failed. Iran wanted to administrate and maintain Hajj in cooperation and collaboration with Saudi government.
He said that Iran has offered Saudi its expertise in organizing the Nowruz, (Iranian festivals), and Ashura and support of Hezbollah, and Shia people in Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen and Syria, in organization of Hajj. yet, Saudi rejected such help saying that its historical and exclusive right to gain a livelihood from the pilgrimage since it was in pagan time ...
yet, Ayatollah Ali. Hussein. Khamenei’s said the new step does not aims to politicize or break Iran diplomatic relation with Saudi. but aims to relieve the pressure from Saudi in organization of Hajj and the distribution of pilgrims. This year Iran pilgrims did not go to Hajj. Iran argue that Saudi is incompetent to be guardians of holy cities. It argued that last year more than 2000 pilgrims died due to incompetence of Saudi Authorities to run hajj and provide protection for Hajj pilgrims.
Iran said that it has been talking with Saudi to resolve the problems of Hajj pilgrims and yet, Saudi sabotaged all those talks and finally it has decided to make alternative Hajj in Qom and Najaf.
I think that Iranian's hasty and crafty decisions will have some immense political and religious implications between Shia and Sunni relationship. It would make further division and resentment.
This decision tells many things about Iran's intention and it tells us that Iran has been plotting against Sunni Islam for many centuries. it repeats its past history
Shia Sect of Qaramite had already stolen black stone in History and today, Iran is doing same thing now and it wants to create its own brand of Shia Islam and divide Muslim world.
This plot is not a new one since Safavid Empire time, Iran has been fighting with Sunni Muslim world. and Now today, Iran wants to establish such modern Safavid Empire and for most of Iranians religion is used for its politics.
Today, it uses its Shia brand of Islam for its political hegemony and domination in region. It uses USA, Israel and West for this purpose. it has its own doctrine of Taqiayh to hide behind all atrocities in Syria and Iraq Sunni are butchered and even children are killed and yet, Shia Islam does not care about it.
How on Earth one could relocate Kaaba from its original place? It has been there since time of Adam and since times of Allah prophets. What sort of religion is this?
How on Earth one could do this? It means Iranians are in the same boat like Jews and Christians who altered and changed their religions for their own desire and whims. How on earth any Muslim could think about going for a hajj other than Mecca and Medina: Quran is very explicit on this and Iranians go against the Quran and Sunnah and against the Historical precedents of all Prophet.
This intention of Shia Iran shows that they have a plan to take over Holy Cities of Makkah and Medina. They have repeated said and spoken about it. For them, this is nothing as they had already stolen black stone once. They have altered many teachings of Islam.
What is interesting is the timing of this announcement. Today, no more Saddam to challenge them. There are no good Islamic leaders in the Muslim world to question them. Today, USA, Israel, Russia and West are behind them. They all support them one way or another. So, timing is most appropriate for Iran to display its political muscle on this issue. Today, USA is at odd with USA. Now USA is no more no one enemy for Iran.
Today, Sunni Muslim world is divided in many fronts. Muslim world is weak and politically and religiously divided into many groups. Iran knows all that, it knows that Sunni Muslim world is so weak today than any time in history. out of 50 Sunni Muslim countries most of them are ruled by dictators, or ineptitude rulers. They know well that Sunni politics is so weak today, Moreover, they also know well Sunni Islam inherited some form of weak politics. They know well Sunni Muslim world is so weak in politics and have any at all any substantial political influence for the last 100 years. They know well as long as these weak Sunni Muslim rulers rule Muslim world they can make mockery of Sunni Muslim world .
yet, Saudi and Gulf countries should take Iranian threat seriously and take some collective steps to counter it. While Sunni world is burning right now in its many parts, there is no point in dividing Muslim Sunni world in lines of Safafi, Sufi, MB and JI groups. Saudi should give political leverage and space to moderate Islamic groups to counter Shia Islam and its influence, if it not Shia Islam will get greater influence in many parts of Sunni Muslim world in a few decades. Before a greater disaster take place Saudi should take action now and swiftly consult Sunni Muslim leaders and scholars across world now rather than later.
Before this apply to them. Understanding the disaster after they have occurred is like locking the stable door when the horse has bolted. So many times this happened to Saudi politics. Because of its lack of political wisdom.
But, they all plot but Allah is best plotter and He will protect his sacred places as He did in the past,