World Mus­lims slam Tehran for Haj pol­i­tics, back Riyadh

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STRAS­BOURG: Mus­lims across the world sup­port the King­dom and con­demn Iran for its in­ter­fer­ence in the Mid­dle East, ac­cord­ing to Ab­dul­lah bin Ab­dul­mohsen Al-Turki, sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the Mus­lim World League.

Al-Turki slammed Iran for re­fus­ing to sign the Haj agree­ment, say­ing that all coun­tries had to do so for le­gal rea­sons, to pro­tect both sides. This was the re­quire­ment of the King­dom and it was not right for Iran to dis­pute this.

Al-Turki praised Cus­to­dian of the Two Holy Mosques King Sal­man for sup­port­ing Mus­lims across the world with aid, in­clud­ing build­ing mosques, ac­cord­ing to SPA fol­low­ing the con­fer­ence on “Mus­lim Youth in the Face of Ter­ror­ism.”

Mean­while, the Coun­cil of Se­nior Schol­ars of Azhar Univer­sity con­demned Iran for at­tempts to politi­cize Haj. Tehran’s re­fusal to sign the Haj agree­ment showed it wanted to dis­rupt the event, said Ab­bas Shouman, un­der­sec­re­tary of Azhar Univer­sity and sec­re­tary gen­eral of the coun­cil.

He said it was time for Arab and Hamdi Zag­zoug said Te­heran was to blame for its cit­i­zens not be­ing able to per­form Haj this year.

Ab­dul­shafi Mo­hammed Ab­du­latif, a mem­ber of the coun­cil, said every year Iran at­tempts to dis­rupt Haj, and that it was in­tent on sow­ing di­vi­sions and dis­cord.

Ahmed Ajee­bah, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Higher Coun­cil for Is­lamic Af­fairs, said Iran did not have the right to politi­cize Haj. “The Saudi au­thor­i­ties have the right to de­ter any at­tempts to dis­rupt Haj be­cause any abuse in the land of the Two Holy Mosques is abuse of Is­lam and Mus­lims,” he said.

Mo­hammed Rafat Os­man, an­other mem­ber of the coun­cil, said all Mus­lims sup­port the King­dom and know that it has been work­ing to en­sure a safe pil­grim­age. For­mer head of the Fatwa Com­mit­tee at Azhar Univer­sity Sheikh Ali Abu Al-Hasan said it was not per­mis­si­ble to use Haj for po­lit­i­cal ends.

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