Saudi Arabia government decided to decrease Iran’s quota for Hajj (Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) for this year from 95,000 people to 75,000.
Hojjat-ol-Islam Seyyed Ali Ghazi Askar, Deputy of the Supreme Leader in Hajj Affairs, announced this decision made by Saudi Arabia government. “Actually we send 95,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for Hajj ceremonies but the recent decision made by Saudi Arabia has forced us to reduce this number to only 75,000 people. We hope Saudi Arabia revise its decision.”
Seyyed Ali Ghazi Askar also criticized the municipalities of Medina and Mecca. “If we compare the current cleanliness of Medina and Mecca with other cities in the region, we see the cleanliness in these two religious cities are completely neglected. The municipality of Saudi Arabia should care more about this problem. We also observe the same issues in Arafat, Mina and Mashar area which are hurting Islam face in Western countries.”
Hajj is one of the largest pilgrimages in the world, and is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God.