Hajj Message 2019
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
And all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace (salutations) be upon His Messenger, the noble, the trustworthy, Muhammad, the seal (last) of the Prophets, and upon his pure (immaculate) progeny, especially the one (Imam al-Mahdi) whom has been preserved by Allah upon the earth, and upon his virtuous companions and those who follow them in [their] good, until the Day of Judgment.
Every year, the season of Hajj is a unique gathering of the Nourisher’s (Allah’s) mercy upon the Islamic Ummah.
The Quran’s invitation of “And proclaim the Hajj among men” [Quran 22:27] is an invitation to everyone throughout history to come to this banquet of [divine] mercy, so that their God-seeking hearts and souls, and their views and wise thoughts benefit from its blessings; and every year, the lessons and teachings of the Hajj are propagated throughout the Islamic world by congregations of people.
The Hajj represents a miniature scale of a set of fundamental pillars of the Islamic society; placing the elixir of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and servitude – which are the main elements for the cultivation, progress, and growth of individuals and the society – next to congregation and unity, which are the symbols of a unified Ummah.
And [the Hajj represents a miniature scale of a set of fundamental pillars of the Islamic society] by combining the movement around a single circular center with a path that has a common goal, which are the keys to the endeavor and movement of the Ummah based upon the foundation of Tawheed (Islamic monotheism) – and through the unification of every Hajj pilgrim [into one single unit], where there is no distinction, which is the sign of removing discrimination and providing everyone with the same opportunity.
Every one of the rituals in the Hajj including the Ihram, Tawaf, Sa’i, Wuquf, Ramy, movement and [even] standstill, is a symbolic reminder of a part of the picture presented by Islam of its ideal society.
The exchange of knowledge and assets between the people of different countries and places far apart, and spreading awareness and experience, asking about each other’s current circumstances, removing the barriers of misunderstanding, bringing hearts closer, and storing the strength to confront common enemies are the vital and magnificent outcomes of the Hajj, which otherwise could not be achieved even via hundreds of other usual and typical gatherings.
The ritual of Bara’ah (disavowal/repudiation) which means refusing every instance of mercilessness, cruelty, wrongdoing, and corruption of the tyrants of any time, and standing up to the intimidation and extortion of the arrogant throughout history, is one of the great blessings of the Hajj, and is an opportunity for the oppressed Muslim nations.
Today, repudiating the front of Shirk [polytheism] and Kufr [disbelief] made up of the Arrogant Powers – with America at the top – means refusing the killing of the oppressed, and the waging of wars. It means condemning the sources of terrorism, including ISIS and the American Black Water. It means the Islamic Ummah’s outcry at the child killing Zionist regime, and their backers and cohorts. It means condemning America’s and their associates’ warmongering in the sensitive regions of West Asia and North Africa, who have pushed the nations’ pain and suffering beyond limits and who impose on them new catastrophes every single day. It means detesting racism and discrimination based on geography, race, and color of skin. It means detesting the arrogant and evil (wicked) behavior of transgressive and seditious powers against the dignified, noble, and just behavior Islam invites everyone to.
These are just some of the blessings of the Abrahamic Hajj which the pure Islam invites us all to. And this is the incarnation of an important part of the ideals of the Islamic society which every year, through every one of the participating Muslims, and directed by the Hajj, puts on a grand and significant event, calling everyone with a clear language, to try to create such a society.
The elite of the Islamic world, some of whom are now present at the Hajj from different countries, have a heavy and serious responsibility upon their shoulders. These lessons must be transferred to all nations and the public, through their efforts and ingenuity, and the exchange of moral ideas, motivations, experiences, and knowledge must be actualized by them.
Today, one of the most important issues of the Islamic world is the issue of Palestine, which is at the top of the political issues of Muslims, regardless of school of thought, race, or language.
The greatest injustice of recent centuries has happened in Palestine. In this painful event, all that a nation had – their land, homes, farms, belongings, dignity, and identity – was confiscated. By Allah’s grace, this nation has not surrendered to defeat and has not given up, and today, they are on the battlefields more enthusiastically and braver than even yesterday.
But the ultimate outcome requires the help of all Muslims. The stratagem of the ‘Deal of the Century’ which is being prepared by the oppressive U.S. and its treacherous cohorts, is a crime against the rights of humanity, not just the Palestinian nation.
We are inviting everyone to actively participate in breaking this stratagem and deceit of the enemy, and with the help and power of Allah, we consider this and every other scheme by the Arrogant Front doomed to failure against the will power and faith of the Resistance Front.
Allah – the Honorable – said: “Or do they intend a plot? But those who defy Allah are themselves involved in a Plot!” [Quran 52:42]. True is what Allah – the Elevated, the Magnificent – has said.
I supplicate to Allah for the grace and mercy and welfare and acceptance of the obedience for all you highly respected Hajj pilgrims.
Sayyid Ali Husayni Khamenei
3rd Dhul-Hajj 1440
14th Mordad 1398
August 5th, 2019