Iranians Chant "Death to America" & "Death to Israel" at Hajj Ceremony in Saudi Arabia
“God is Great,” “There is no Deity but Allah,” “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” were among the slogans chanted by the masses in unison as they gathered in the Desert of Arafat, 20 km (12 miles) from Mecca, for a day of prayer and meditation.
Iranian Delegation at the Hajj
Iranian Republic News Agency
December 18, 2007
Filled with the spirit, Iranians chanted anti-US and anti-Zionist slogans at holy event.
Iranian Republic News Agency reported:
Disavowal of Pagans ritual ended in this sacred desert on Tuesday by issuing a five-article final resolution which stressed on unity among all Muslim nations.
The ceremony was attended by a huge group of Iranian pilgrims who chanted anti-US and anti-Zionist slogans.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei offered this blessing to the Hajj pilgrims, via IRNA:
“Today, the treacherous enemies of the Muslim Ummah are the organizers of the hegemonic centers and expansionist and aggressive powers which consider the Islamic awakening as a great threat to their illegitimate interests and their oppressive domination over the Muslim world. All the Muslim nations led by their political and religious authorities, intellectuals and national leaders need to form a united Islamic front against this invading enemy with full strength.
Mahmoud does Medina (ISNA)
Fars News reported:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad landed in the Saudi Arabian city of Medina for the first stop in the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage.
While Ahmadinejad has visited Saudi Arabia twice as Iran’s president for meetings, he will be Iran’s first leader to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage.
“On this journey, as well as carrying out the holy hajj pilgrimage, I will have meetings with officials,” Ahmadinejad said before departing without elaborating.
“I will also meet with the great Muslim community who are present at the pilgrimage,” he added.
Ahmadinejad is attending the hajj at the invitation of Saudi King Abdullah – a highly symbolic move displaying solidarity between the two Muslim nations.
His pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, located in western Saudi Arabia, will be Ahmadinejad’s third visit to the kingdom since taking office.
He visited Mecca in December 2005 for an Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit but outside of the hajj season. It is not clear whether he performed the hajj privately before becoming president.
Saudi Arabia has announced that the high point of the hajj when pilgrims converge on Mount Arafat near Mecca would take place on Tuesday, and Eid al-Adha marking the end of the pilgrimage would be celebrated the next day.
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