RNA – The fourth commemoration of the Martyrs of Mina of Alborz province, entitled “White Tulips,” was held at the Central Mosque of the city of Meshkindasht. A large number of passionate people and members of the families of those martyred in Mina participated in the conference.
On September 24, 2015 an event described as a “crush and stampede” caused the deaths of more than 2,400 pilgrims during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mina, Makkah, Saudi Arabia. At least 464 Iranians lost their lives during the incident.
Hujjat al-Islam Mir-Ali Akbari, a prominent narrator of the Sacred Defence [Iran-Iraq War] in Iran, said, “Traveling to Makkah and performing the Hajj rituals must not take place without paying attention to political issues and the objective of the Hajj isn’t just a pilgrimage and a tour.”
His Eminence continued, “During the Sacred Defence, these young people were shining brightly and today these young people are also defending the values and they are in the middle of a battlefield and we must consider this model everywhere in the management of the country.”
He stressed that if we didn’t sacrifice for Islam and the Islamic Revolution and didn’t sacrifice and offer martyrs, it wouldn’t be clear if there would be anything left of Islam and Muslims today and added, “The youth who didn’t witness the Sacred Defence must know that the that war the enemies have designed for us today is an ideological war and one must be very careful in this war.”
Referring to the martyrdom of the pilgrims in the Mina incident, Hujjat al-Islam Akbari noted, “The Hajj should be the greatest power in the Islamic world but the House of Saud and its allies don’t use this great capacity to create a movement around the world and tried to define the pilgrimage as only an act of spiritual worship without political and social goals. If you use the Hajj’s capacity to create a movement around the world, you will see how it can advance the goals and interests of the Muslim world.”
Rasa News Agency