RNA – Speaking during a meeting with the members of the Hajj Delegation at his office, Ayatollah Hoseyn Vahid-Khorasani answered questions about the Hajj pilgrimage and listened to a report about the activities of the Hajj Delegation, which consists of clerics who are sent to assist and guide the pilgrims, over the past few years.
The Hajj Delegation stated that they have developed face-to-face and 24-hour telephone answering services, a cellphone application which contains jurisprudential rulings on the Hajj and the preparation and publication of Hajj rulings on the internet for the pilgrims.
The revered source of emulation addressed the Hajj Delegation and said, “Your duty is to answer questions and investigate the affairs of the Hajj pilgrims, which is better than the recommended acts.”
In his advice to those who are privileged to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, Ayatollah Vahid-Khorasani added, “Those who are performing an obligatory Hajj should perform the acts of the Hajj for themselves and give its reward to Imam al-Hasan al-Askari and it’s better for those who are performing a recommended Hajj to perform it on behalf of the Imam and gift it to the pilgrims on route to or from the Hajj, the reciters of Surah al-Tawhid and the Imam of the Time [Imam al-Mahdi].”
It should be noted that Imam al-Askari spent most of his life under house arrest in Samara and it’s famously said that he was the only Imam who didn’t perform the Hajj.
In recognition of the greatness of the Jannat al-Baqi cemetery in Madinah and the pilgrimage to the four Imams whom are buried in this sacred cemetery, His Eminence stated, “The pilgrims of Jannat al-Baqi cemetery, who are honoured to visit this holy place on foot, must strive to perform this tradition and take other pilgrims.”
In conclusion, Ayatollah Vahid-Khorasani recited a supplication for the health of the Hajj pilgrims and advised them, saying, “During this journey, pray a lot for the reappearance of the Imam of the Time.”
This year, the Hajj will commence on Friday, August 9th and will continue until Wednesday, August 14th.
Rasa News Agency