Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh, the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom, chairman of the board of senior Ulema and general president for religious research and Ifta, condemned Iran’s refusal to abide by the Shariah requirements and arrangements and regulations for organizing the Haj, Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday.
He stressed that Allah has entrusted the Kingdom with care for the two holy mosques and all should obey and implement the arrangements made to organize this great ritual and facilitate the Haj for all Muslims. He said that whoever rejects the path for facilitating matters for the believers that Allah has urged us to abide by and whoever digresses from this path will be punished in the Hellfire.
This came in the weekly program ‘The Springs of Fatwa’ (Yanabee’ Al-Fatwa) broadcast Wednesday by Radio Nida Al-Islam from Makkah. The program is prepared and presented by Yazeed Al-Huraish.
He said if one contemplates on the Haj rites he will learn that this great pillar was ordained to glorify and worship Allah alone. It was not ordained in order to politicize it and exploit it for personal greed, but to obey Allah Almighty.
He stressed that Haj is performed in obedience to Allah Almighty. This obligation depicts Muslims’ unity of ranks, having the same opinion, obeying Allah, and coming from different parts of the world for the purpose of understanding, consulting and cooperating with one another for the interest of this world and the Hereafter. Haj creates a strong bond among Muslims – the bond of Islamic belief and brotherhood, whether they are from Europe, Asia or Africa.
Politicizing Haj is rejected whoever the perpetrator might be. This is impermissible.[Source: Saudi Gazette]