(Video): How British Empire & America gave rise to Kings of Saudi Arabia – English subtitles

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Senior Arab political analyst and writer Anees Naqqash recounts how the British Empire played a decisive role in the creation and regional rise of the modern state of Saudi Arabia, and how the Americans later provided protection in exchange for control over Saudi oil.

According to Naqqash, who is a prominent feature on Lebanese and Arab media, the Saudi royal family has for decades been used by the British and Americans due to their political and economic expediency.

Naqqash was speaking at an event promoting his new book ‘A look at the course of future transformations to the Gulf’.

Source: Al-Wafa’a Islamic Party (YouTube)

Date: 6 October, 2018

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يُمارس ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان سياسات مجنونة لا تشي بأي احتراف، زاجّاً بلاده في أتون محارق هائلة، بصراعه مع ستة بلدان حدودية: العراق الذي دعم فيه الإرهاب والفتن المذهبية والعرقية واليمن الذي يجتاحه فاتكاً بعشرات الآلاف من إبنائه.

أما قطر فيحاصرها مانعاً عنها حتى الهواء، والأردن الذي يحاول الاتقاء من الجنون السعودي بعلاقاته الغربية والإسرائيلية، يمكن إضافة الكويت وعُمان اللتين تتحفظان في العلاقة مع إبن سلمان فتمثلان دور المؤيد حيناً والمحتمي بالله والأميركيين حيناً آخر.

سورية بدورها لم تنجُ من جنونه الذي تجسَّد بدعم غير مسبوق لكل أنواع الإرهاب بالمال والسلاح والسياسة، إنما من دون نتيجة لأن الدولة السورية تعاود يوم تحرير كامل أراضيها على جثث الإرهاب وداعميه.

هناك جزء آخر من سياسات إبن سلمان الطائفية لا يقل ضراوة وتعسفاً. فتراه يحارب الاخوان المسلمين في مصر ويتحالف معهم في اليمن حزب الإصلاح وليبيا. ويقبل بقتل الأتراك للسوريين، لكنه يرفض أي دور سياسي لهم خارج زعامته. يؤيد الرئيس عبد الفتاح السيسي، لكنه يمنع مصر من إعادة تكوين دورها العربي والإقليمي بأسلوبين: التقنين المالي، وإهانتها بالإصرار على فبركة أدلة تشير إلى سعودية جزيرتي صنافير وتيران المصريتين منذ آلاف السنين، لا سيما أنه يُعدُّ لهما مستقبلاً سياحياً بالتعاون مع «إسرائيل» التي أصبحت حليفته وبالتالي شريكته في الاستثمار في هذه المنطقة «المقدسة» التي قد تعجّ بأندية الليل والحانات.

ولم ينسَ إبن سلمان جارته قطر، فحاصرها إلى حدود منع الهواء عنها، لأن حكامها تجرأوا على التصرف باستقلالية. فبدلاً من اعتمادهم خط قطر ـ السعودية ـ اميركا ـ «إسرائيل». ابتدأوا بالمقلوب مهرولين على خط قطر ـ اميركا ـ «إسرائيل» ولم يصلوا إلى الرياض بعد.

فأصيب الولي بجنون، لا سيما أن آل «خليفة قطر» يمتلكون غازاً يضعهم في المرتبة الثالثة عالمياً في إنتاجه… لكن يبدو أن إبن سلمان حظي بتغطية من حليفه و«شبيهه» ترامب، لحصار قطر التي يوجد فيها أيضاً أكبر قاعدة أميركية برية في العالم العُديد . ما فتح مجنون البيت الأبيض فرصة لاستنزاف كامل أعضاء بلدان شبه جزيرة العرب وجوارها بصفقات بيع أسلحة هائلة. هذا الجنون لم يوفر علاقات الرياض بكل من تونس والجزائر والمغرب والسودان… فبدا أنه يريد دولاً على طريقة «المطاوعة» في الولاء. وهذه الدول تريد شيئاً من الاحترام، أثار له إشكالات مع كل بلدان العالم باستثناء لبنان بلد الأرز الذي يقدم له فروض الطاعة مهما وجّه إليه من إهانات.

ما يمكن استنتاجه هنا، يتعلق بتدهور مكانة السعودية عربياً وإسلامياً ودولياً فلم يعد بإمكانها جذب الدول بطرفة عين متقاطعة مع رش ملايين الدولارات.

ولم تعد قادرة على التباهي بوصايتها على الحرمين الشريفين، لأن الجميع يعرف أن وجودهما يسبق تأسيس السعودية بأكثر من ألف عام ونيف… والجميع يعلم ان هناك مطالبات بسحب رعاية آل سعود للحرمين، وذلك لسوء أداء إدارة مسيرات الحجيج وتسييس الموسم. وهذا يؤدي دائماً إلى مقتل المئات بالتدافع والتزاحم حتى أن رافعة ضخمة سقطت نتيجة الإهمال على زوار المدينة وأوقعت مئات القتلى… هذا بالإضافة إلى ان الدين الحنيف يمنع الاستغلال السياسي للحرمين ويحذر من تحويلهما وسيلتين لتوسيع النفوذ السعودي عبر طريقة منح وتقديم موافقات أكبر وأكثر عدداً لحجيج كل دولة تؤيد السياسات السعودية. وهذا يعني تسييس الحج وجعله أداة في خدمة توسيع النفوذ السعودي في العالم الإسلامي.

يمكن هنا إضافة ملاحظة بسيطة وهي أن الرياض لم تعد قادرة على دفع رشى بملايين الدولارات لدول كثيرة في العالم الإسلامي وذلك بسبب انخفاض أسعار النفط… ما يجعل آل سعود مجرّدين من الأهمية المالية التي يستعملونها لجذب الدول، مع تراجع تأثيرهم في مسألة موسمي الحج والزيارة.

دولياً، ترتبط أهمية السعودية بإنتاج النفط وعقد الصفقات الدولية لكسب حماية حلف الناتو وواشنطن، لكنها وسعت بعد استشعارها بتراجع الاهتمام الأميركي بها، علاقاتها، بمحورين هامين: روسيا و«إسرائيل»، فاستعملت الأولى لخلق إجماع في مجلس الأمن حول حرب الإبادة التي تشنها ضد اليمنيين.

عقدت معها بالمقابل سياسة استقرار في أسواق الطاقة إلى جانب عقد صفقات اقتصادية وأخرى قيد الإعداد لشراء منظومات دفاع جوي ومفاعلات نووية لإنتاج الطاقة.

أما «إسرائيل» فلها قصب السبق… لأن محمد بن سلمان اعتبرها البديل المناسب للغياب النسبي الأميركي والمقبول أيضاً، من واشنطن… لذلك انقلب على علاقات اسلافه «العبرية» معها متبنياً السياسات الأميركية الجديدة الرامية إلى القضاء على قضية فلسطين، ناسجاً علاقات عسكرية وأمنية مع الكيان، مرجئاً الإعلان السياسي الدبلوماسي إلى مرحلة انهيار سورية والعراق وسقوط اليمن بين يديه.

هنا تكشفت له مأساة بلاده الناتجة من سياساته المتهوّرة اليمن صمد، وسورية شبه منتصرة على المشروع الأميركي، والعراق أباد الإرهاب على أرضه ويتحضر لمرحلة أداء دور إقليمي بعد تمرير الانتخابات الداخلية في أيار التي تُعتبر الأداة لإنتاج نظام سياسي للعراق كله، يمكنه من العودة إلى المسرح العربي والإقليمي. هذا ما دفع إبن سلمان إلى محاولات التعويض بثلاث وسائل: تصعيد التوتر مع إيران، والعودة الى الإمساك بلبنان إلى حدود خنقه وتفجيره، والتلاعب بموضوع الغوطة الشرقية.

فالموضوع الإيراني أصبح لازمة على ألسنة آل سعود وصغيرهم الجبير، لا يهجسون الا بالخطر الإيراني وأدواته في المنطقة، والطريف ان رئيس الأركان السعودي الذي أقيل مؤخراً، اعترف بأن خطوة نقل السلاح بين طهران وصنعاء مقطوعة تماماً، أي ان اليمنيين يحاربون بمخزونات قديمة، يمتلكونها، ما يسقط فرضية الدعم الإيراني للحوثيين الذي تستند إليه الرياض ومجموعات الناتو و«إسرائيل».

لكنه يتعرّض اليوم لإصرار إسرائيلي على ضرورة تحويل علاقات السعودية السرية مع تل أبيب علاقات سياسية علنية تستند إلى اعتراف دبلوماسي متكامل بين البلدين، يسمح للكيان الإسرائيلي بدعم السعودية في اليمن ولبنان وأي مكان آخر.

لعل هذا الطموح السعودي ـ الإسرائيلي يحمي آل سعود في مملكتهم كما يتوهّم ولي العهد. وهذا دونه، القضاء على القضية الفلسطينية وإيران وحلفائها في لبنان واليمن واستنزاف سورية والعراق.

فهل هذا ممكن، كما استدعاء رئيس حكومة لبنان في النهار وهرولته ليلاً إلى الرياض يؤشر إلى تطوير سياسة سعودية بالضغط على لبنان من خلال الانتخابات النيابية المرتقبة في أيار المقبل، وركيزة هذه السياسة هي استعمال النفوذين الأميركي والفرنسي لإعادة تجميع قوى معادية لحزب الله بالاستناد إلى دعم مالي سعودي مفتوح؟ وهذا يؤدي كما يطمح المخططون إلى النجاح في الانتخابات وطرح سلاح حزب الله على أساس انه غير شرعي ينتقص من السيادة اللبنانية، ما يؤدي إلى توتير الأوضاع الداخلية وقد ينقل الصراع إلى الشارع كما تشتهي الرياض، مؤدياً إلى عرقلة الدور الإقليمي المقاوم لحزب الله وتقليص النفوذ الإيراني وتلبية الشروط الإسرائيلية للعلاقات السياسية الكاملة مع العرب.

هذا جزء من جنون إبن سلمان الذي يجهل أن حزب الله قوي في لبنان بعلاقاته المباشرة مع جمهوره وليس بعديد المقاعد النيابية… وحزب الله الذي انتصر على «إسرائيل» لن تؤثر عليه ألاعيب ولي عهد غير مجرّب، يحتمي بالمال فقط.

بالإضافة إلى ان إيران نجحت بالصمود في وجه حصار غربي وإسرائيلي وخليجي منذ 1980، وتمكنت من إنتاج ما يقيها من الجوع ويجعل منها دولة صناعية. وهذا يعني ان هلوسات إبن سلمان لن تصيبها بسوء وضرر.

ومع علاقات متوترة للسعودية مع كل هذه البلدان، يجوز التساؤل عن مدى قدرة السعودية على مقاومة التحلل والانفجار الداخلي، خصوصاً مع تراجع أسعار النفط وبداية عصر الغاز.

فهل يكون سلمان آخر ملك للسعودية؟

تدفع هلوسات ولي العهد إلى الاعتقاد بأن تفكك السعودية لم يعد بعيداً تحت وطأة سياسات بلد يتوهم أن باستطاعته السيطرة على لبنان بسعد الحريري وسمير جعجع والريفي وسعيد وغيرهم، وتدمير إيران بخطب إبن الجبير و«إسرائيل» وأدعية الإرهاب؟

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Tawfiq Al Dali, Thikra’s brother, has made a call out to all those that have any information about Thikra’s murder to come forward. Forensic reports have shown that Ayman Al Suwaidi, Thikra’s husband and who is accused of killing her while being intoxicated, suffers from stomach problems and therefore was not drunk during the time the murder happened.

Thikra’s family doubts her husband shot her and then committed suicide, but rather strongly believes Jamal Mubarak had a strong hand in the murder of both. The family assured that it holds vital evidence that the former overthrown Tunisian and Egyptian governments fabricated evidence and placed the blame on her husband.

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Sharmine Narwani
Sharmine Narwani is a commentator and analyst of Middle East geopolitics. She is a former senior associate at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University and has a master’s degree in International Relations from Columbia University. Sharmine has written commentary for a wide array of publications, including Al Akhbar English, the New York Times, the Guardian, Asia Times Online, Salon.com, USA Today, the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera English, BRICS Post and others. You can follow her on Twitter at @snarwani
15 Sep, 2016 11:06

From religion to politics, Saudi Arabia feeling chill of isolation

At the end of August, a meeting of Muslim clerics and scholars convened in the Chechen capital of Grozny to forge a consensus on the subject of ‘who constitutes a Sunni.’

Sunnism, the 200 or so Sunni clerics from Egypt, South Africa, India, Europe, Turkey, Jordan, Yemen, Russia warned, “has undergone a dangerous deformation in the wake of efforts by extremists to void its sense in order to take it over and reduce it to their perception.”

The Muslim world is currently under a siege of terror, led by a deviant strain that claims religious authority and kills in the name of Islam. So the Grozny participants had gathered, by invitation of the Chechen president, to make “a radical change in order to re-establish the true meaning of Sunnism.”

If their final communique was any indicator, the group of distinguished scholars had a very particular message for the Muslim world: Wahhabism – and its associated takfirism – are no longer welcome within the Sunni fold.

Specifically, the conference’s closing statement says this:

“Ash’arites and the Maturidi are the people of Sunnism and those who belong to the Sunni community, both at the level of the doctrine and of the four schools of Sunni jurisprudence (Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi’i, Maliki), as well as Sufis, both in terms of knowledge and moral ethics.”

In one fell swoop, Wahhabism, the official state religion of only two Muslim countries -Saudi Arabia and Qatar – was not part of the majority Muslim agenda any longer.

The backlash from the Saudis came hard and fast, honing in on the participation of Egypt’s Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb of Al Azhar, the foremost center for Sunni theological study in the Islamic world.

Saudi Arabia has, after all, subsidized the flailing Egyptian economy to the tune of billions of dollars in the past few years, alongside its Wahhabi neighbor Qatar, which has in turn bank-rolled the Muslim Brotherhood – a group also excluded from the Grozny meeting.

While Tayeb did not single out the Saudis in his conference speech, his elevated position in the global Sunni hierarchy lent a great deal of weight to the proceedings. And Al Azhar’s prominence in the Sunni world is rivaled only by the relatively new role of the Al Saud monarch as the custodian of the two holy sites, Mecca and Medina.

Just last year – in Mecca, no less – Tayeb slammed extremist trends during a speech on terrorism, lashing out at “corrupt interpretations” of religious texts and appealing to believers “to tackle in our schools and universities this tendency to accuse Muslims of being unbelievers.”

It is Wahhabism that is most often accused of sponsoring this trend globally.

The radical sect, borne in the 18thcentury, deviates from traditional Sunni doctrine in various ways, most notably sanctioning violence against nonbelievers – including Muslims who reject Wahhabi interpretation (takfirism).

Saudi Arabia is the single largest state contributor to tens of thousands of Wahhabi-influenced mosques, schools, clerics and Islamic publications scattered throughout the Muslim world – many of them, today, feeders for terrorist recruitment. By some accounts that figure has reached almost $100 billion in the last three decades or so.

In Grozny, conference participants made reference to this dangerous trend, and called for a “return to the schools of great knowledge” outside Saudi Arabia – in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen.

Saudi officialdom took to social media to express their outrage. Saudi royal, Prince Khalid al-Saud, warned that the event represented “a conspiracy that openly targets our country and it’s religious standing, specifically.”

بالأمس القريب ، واليوم
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مؤامره على المكشوف تستهدف بلادنا، و مكانتها الدينية ” تحديداً ” …

And Adil al-Kalbani, the imam of Riyadh’s King Khaled Bin Abdulaziz mosque, ominously cautioned:“The Chechen conference should serve as a wake-up call: the world is getting ready to burn us.”

ليكن منبِّها لنا بأنَّ العالَمَ يَجمع الحطبَ لإحراقنا!

For the Saudis, the bad news kept on coming. On Friday, at the start of the annual 5-day Hajj pilgrimage, Lebanese daily Al Akhbar published online a shocking database from the Saudi Ministry of Health.

The leaked documents list, in painstaking detail, the names of 90,000 pilgrims from around the world who have died visiting Mecca over a 14-year period. If there was ever any question about the authority of the Saudi king as “custodian” of Islamic holy sites, this revelation should have opened those floodgates.

But even before these documents became public, calls for the Saudis to relinquish their administration of the Hajj were coming from Iran and elsewhere. Exactly one year ago, a stampede in Mina became the deadliest disaster in the history of the Hajj. Instead of tending to the dead and wounded as their utmost priority, the Saudi authorities went into lock down – concealing casualties, downplaying the death toll, blocking international efforts to investigate, forcing Hajj families to pay for the retrieval of bodies, denying wrongdoing and refusing to apologize for the disaster.

According to official Saudi government figures at the time, the total casualty toll stood at 769 dead and 934 injured. The leaked database now shows those numbers to be false. According to the Ministry of Health’s own statistics, the Mina death toll was in reality more than 10 times higher, with over 7,000 killed.

Iranians, who appeared initially to have suffered disproportionate losses – including from the collapse of a crane 12 days earlier at the Grand Mosque in Mecca where 107 died – lost around 500 citizens. Included in that number was senior foreign ministry official, Dr. Ghazanfar Roknabadi, Iran’s former ambassador to Lebanon and a key figure in regional geopolitical affairs. Saudi authorities initially denied he was even in the country and then took months to identify and repatriate his body.

But most disturbing of all was the manner in which the Saudis treated the dead and injured. Pictures that emerged from Mina in the aftermath of the disaster showed authorities shoveling up bodies in digger-like vehicles, then dumping them in piles as if they were sacks of sand. There appeared to be no care taken to even ascertain whether the victims were dead or alive.

The Iranians were justifiably outraged, but the Saudis politicized that reaction and turned it into an affront to Sunni authority by a Shia authority in Tehran. The Al Akhbar stats, however, tell another story. It was mostly Sunnis who were killed in Mina – from Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries – with victims from some states surpassing even the Iranian death toll.

One year on, Iran is not letting this issue lie. The Iranians have boycotted the Hajj this year, claiming that Saudi Arabia was unprepared to assure them of basic security requirements during lengthy negotiations between the two nations.

In his most confrontational address to the Saudi state yet, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei last week – during his annual Hajj message – railed against the injustice:

“The heartless and murderous Saudis locked up the injured with the dead in containers — instead of providing medical treatment and helping them or at least quenching their thirst. They murdered them…Because of these rulers’ oppressive behavior towards God’s guests, the world of Islam must fundamentally reconsider the management of the two holy places and the issue of hajj.”

And then Khamenei went to the heart of the matter:

“The fitna-promoting rulers who by forming and arming wicked takfiri groups, have plunged the world of Islam into civil wars, murdering and injuring the innocent and shed blood in Yemen, Iraq, the Levant, Libya and other countries.”

In one short month, the Saudis have been challenged by Islam’s two mainstream sects – by the Sunni and by the Shia, equally – striking out at the religious authority claimed by the Saudi state and challenging the destructive, divisive, violent sectarianism of their Wahhabi faith.

Geopolitical losses

As if to prove Khamenei’s point – and the Grozny consensus – Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdulaziz Al Sheikh shot back, describing Iranian leaders as nonbelievers: “We have to understand that they are not Muslims. … Their main enemies are the followers of Sunnah (Sunnis).”

But, with that last sectarian sling, it seems the Saudis may have finally hit their limit. Within days of his statement, citing “health reasons,” the Mufti was removed from delivering the Hajj sermon he has delivered for 35 years straight.

Why stop now? It isn’t like the Saudis don’t have the appetite for a fight with the Iranians.

That fight has been playing out throughout the Middle East and beyond, in various battlefields and media outlets, to the detriment of millions.

What may have started off as Riyadh’s desire to thwart the success of a populist Islamist revolution that dethroned a neighboring king – Iran, circa 1979 – has spiraled into an existential Saudi battle to claw onto hegemony and legitimacy in every sphere.

The Saudis have long lost the ability to engage in cold, hard calculation, and have thrown themselves headfirst into ‘winning by all means.’ This has meant releasing the demons of takfirism throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Wahhabi funded and enabled jihadi foot soldiers have sprung up in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and any other place where Saudis and their fellow co-religionists/ideologues have sought out hegemonic interests.

And the lack of coherent strategy has drawn the Saudis into a number of unnecessary quagmires that have now encircled their borders (Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen), wiped out their strategic depth and emptied the state coffers.

What was meant to be a swift aerial blow to Yemeni rebels for daring to defy Saudi authority, has morphed into an entrenched, 18-month-long, money-pit of a war, with 10,000-plus deaths, war crimes accusations, proliferation of jihadist terror and enemy encroachment into Saudi territory.

Riyadh’s leading role in the destabilization of Syria and Iraq has unleashed sectarian mass murder that has gutted the Muslim world, unmasked Saudi complicity, and galvanized its adversaries into historic cooperation.

These wars have drawn in powerful benefactors like Russia and China as buffers against Saudi overreach, and has reshuffled the balance of power in the region – against Saudi interests.

All of which has chipped away at Saudi political, economic and religious clout on the international stage.

In 2010, Saudi Arabia was crossing borders peacefully as a power-broker, working with Iran, Syria, Turkey, Qatar and others to troubleshoot in regional hotspots. By 2016, it had buried two kings, shrugged off a measured approach to foreign policy, embraced takfiri madness and emptied its coffers.

The hundreds of thousands dead in the wake of this ‘Saudi madness’ are mostly Muslim and mostly Sunni. As the Muslim world wakes up to this atrocious state of affairs, like the Sunni scholars of Grozny, they will not look to censure Tehran, but to disengage with Riyadh.

And to write the final chapter on an aberrant sect called Wahhabism.

Wahhabi

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(Saker note: note the *very* harsh words of Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei against the Saudi Wahabis)
Imam Khamenei issues message on 2016 Hajj pilgrimage

 In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful And all praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and Allah’s greetings be upon our Master, Muhammad (PBUH), and upon his Immaculate Household and chosen companions and upon those who follow them rightfully until the Day of Judgment.Muslim brethren and sisters all over the world,

For Muslims, the Hajj season is a period of honor and glory in the eyes of [all] human beings, and a period for the illumination of hearts and humility and supplication before the Creator. Hajj is a sacred and mundane and divine and communal obligation. On one side, [the Quran] commands “Then remember Allah as you remember your forefathers, or with [much] greater remembrance” and “Remember Allah during [specific] numbered days” and on the other side, the declaration [that] “[Masjid al-Haram is a placIran’s Leader issues message on 2016 Hajj pilgrimagee] which We made for the people; equal are the resident therein and one from outside,” shed light on its infinite and diverse aspects.

In this one-of-a-kind obligation, temporal and spatial security bestows serenity upon the hearts of human beings like a clear sign and a shining star and frees the Hajj pilgrim from the siege of factors of insecurity [created] by hegemonic tyrants, which have always threatened all humanity, and let him taste the pleasure of security during a specified period.

The Abrahamic Hajj, which Islam has bestowed upon Muslims, is the manifestation of dignity and spirituality and unity and glory. It shows off the greatness of Islamic Ummah and their reliance on the eternal divine power to ill-wishers and enemies, and highlights their distance from the quagmire of corruption and humiliation and oppression, which international bullying powers impose on human societies. Islamic and monotheistic Hajj is the manifestation of [the Quranic verse, which describes the faithful as being] “firm against the unbelievers, [and] compassionate among themselves.” It is a venue for disavowal of polytheists and [promoting] friendship and unity with believers.

Those who have reduced the Hajj to a mere pilgrimage-tourism trip and have hidden their enmity and grudge against the faithful and the revolutionary nation of Iran under the title of the “politicization of the Hajj” are puny and belittled devils, who shudder as soon as the ambitions of the Great Satan, America, are put in jeopardy. Saudi rulers, who have obstructed the path to Allah and the Masjid al-Haram this year and blocked the way of the fervent and faithful Iranian pilgrims to the House of the Beloved, are disgraced misguided people, who tie their survival on the throne of [their] oppressive power to defending global arrogant powers and [forming] alliance with Zionism and America and making efforts to meet their demand, and they do not shy away from any act of treason to that end.

About one year has passed since the horrible Mina incidents in which several thousand people, on the day of Eid and attired in the Ihram [garment], lost their lives tragically under the [searing] sun and with thirsty lips. A short while before that at the Grand Mosque, a group [of pilgrims] were killed while they were in worship and circumambulation and [saying] prayers. The Saudi rulers are to blame in both incidents; this is something on which all attendants [in Hajj] and observers and technical analysts agree, and some experts [even] speculated the intentionality of the incident. Dawdling and negligence in saving the half-alive injured people whose enchanted souls and eager hearts were busy with dhikr [mention of God] and whispering the divine verses [of the Quran] on [the day of] Eid al-Adha are also definite and proven facts. The ruthless and criminal Saudi men locked them up along with the dead in tightly closed containers and martyred them instead of providing treatment to them and assisting them or even supplying water to their thirsty lips.

Several thousand families from a variety of countries lost their beloved ones and their nations were rendered bereaved. From the Islamic Republic, there were nearly 500 among the martyrs. The families’ hearts are still hurt and bereft and the nation is still in grief and enraged.

However, instead of offering apology and expressing regret and prosecuting those directly behind this horrible incident, the Saudi rulers even refused to set up an international Islamic fact-finding mission in ultimate shamelessness and impudence. Instead of taking the stand as defendant, they took the seat of claimant and brought further to the fore their age-old enmity with the Islamic Republic and with any Islamic flag, which stands against blasphemy and arrogance, with more wickedness and insolence.

Their propaganda mouthpieces, ranging from politicians, whose behavior vis-à-vis Zionists and America is a source of disgrace for the Islamic world, to non-pious muftis living on haram [prohibited] income, who openly issue fatwas against the [holy] Book and [the Prophet’s] Sunna, to media footmen, who cannot be kept from fabricating and spreading lies even by professional conscience, are making a futile attempt to hold the Islamic Republic responsible for the denial of Iranian pilgrims this year’s Hajj.

Seditionist rulers, who have embroiled the Muslim world in civil wars and the carnage of innocents and who have stained Yemen, Iraq, the Levant, Libya and some other countries with blood by forming and equipping Takfiri and evil groups; godless politicians, who have extended the hand of friendship to the occupying Zionist regime and have turned a blind eye to the heart-wrenching suffering and plight of Palestinians and have broadened the extent of their oppression and treason to cities and villages in Bahrain; [as well as] unfaithful and unconscientious rulers, who created the great tragedy of Mina and under the guise of [being] Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques flouted the sanctity of the safe divine sanctuary and slaughtered the guests of the Compassionate God on the Eid day in Mina and before that at the Grand Mosque, are now speaking about non-politicization of the Hajj and accuse others of the big sins they have themselves committed or caused to happen. They are a flagrant example of the clearly enlightening expression of the Holy Quran [where it says]: “And when he turns his back, his aim everywhere is to spread mischief through the earth and to destroy crops and cattle and Allah does not love mischief.  And when it is said unto him: Be careful of your duty to Allah, pride takes him to sin. Hell will settle his account, an [what an] evil resting-place [it is].”

This year too, according to reports, in addition to blocking the Hajj pilgrims from Iran and some other nations, they (the Saudis) have subjected Hajj pilgrims from other countries to unprecedented surveillance with the help of espionage agencies of America and the Zionist regime and have rendered the secure House of God unsafe for all. The Muslim world, including Muslim governments and nations, must know the Saudi rulers and truly realize the reality of their sacrilegious, unfaithful, dependent and materialistic nature; they must not let them go with impunity after [all] the crimes they have caused across the Muslim world, [but] in response to their unjust treatment of the guests of the Merciful God, they must think of a fundamental solution for the management of the Two Holy Mosques and the issue of Hajj. Shirking from this duty will expose the Islamic Ummah to bigger problems in the future.

Muslim Brethren and Sisters! This year, the eager and devoted Iranian pilgrims are missed in the Hajj ritual, but they are in attendance with their hearts and they are standing along Hajj pilgrims from across the globe and are concerned about them and pray for them to be spared any harm from the accursed tree of tyrants. Remember your Iranian brethren and sisters in your prayers and acts of worship and invocation, and pray for the Muslim communities to get rid of their troubles and to have the hand of arrogant powers and Zionists and their stooges cut off the Islamic Ummah.

I personally honor the memory of last year’s martyrs of Mina and the Grand Mosque and the martyrs of Mecca in [the Hajj pilgrimage in] 1987 and I pray to the Almighty God to bestow His forgiveness and mercy upon them and reserve them high positions [in the Heavens]. I salute Hadhrat Baqiatallah al-A’zam (Shall our souls be sacrificed for him) and request that venerable figure’s accepted prayer for the exaltation of the Islamic Ummah and salvation of Muslims from sedition and malevolence of enemies.

And providence belongs to Allah and reliance is on Him.

Dhu al-Qa’dah, 1437-September 2016

Seyyed Ali Khamenei

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