Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh has recently been involved in a war of words with neighbors Iran. He said on Tuesday, after the face-off over hajj pilgrimage, that “Iranians were not Muslims”.
The events are coming in the aftermath Iran’s military parade and show of force, reported Middle East Eye.
Image shows Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh
According to the report, Sheikh told local media that “Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iranian government were ‘enemies of Islam and doctrine, and are descendants of the majoos.'”
“Majoos” is a pejorative term for pre-Islamic Iranians who believed in fire worship.
In his words: “You must understand that they are not Muslims – they are descendants of the majoos.
“Their enmity with Muslims is old, especially with Sunnis,” he told Mecca Daily.
He continues: “All those who try to disrupt Saudi Arabia’s services to the Hajj, pilgrims and those going to the two Holy Mosques will not achieve their goal.
“This is because all Muslims trust what the government of this country is doing to serve the two Holy Mosques in building and expansion.”
As the war of words continue between Iran and Saudi Arabia, reports confirm that for the first time in the last 30 years, Iran will not send pilgrims to the Holy Land this year.
Worthy of note is the fact that in 2015, a total of 464 Iranian pilgrims died in the stampede that killed 2,300 foreign pilgrims. Iran sent 60,000 visitors on holy pilgrimage to the country last year.
Iran is accusing Saudi of “murdering” injured victims during the stampede.
“The world of Islam, including Muslim governments and peoples, must familiarize themselves with the Saudi rulers and correctly understand their blasphemous, faithless and materialistic nature,” Iran’s Khamenei wrote in a statement published on his website yesterday, according to Newsonia.
“Because of these rulers’ oppressive behavior towards God’s guests, the world of Islam must fundamentally reconsider the management of the two holy places and the issue of hajj,” he continued.
“Saudi rulers… are disgraced and misguided people who think their survival on the throne of oppression is dependent on defending the arrogant powers of the world, on alliances with Zionism and the US and on fulfilling their demands.”
Saudi family are “small and puny Satans who tremble for fear of jeopardizing the interests of the Great Satan [United States],” he concluded.