In keeping with past tradition and as leader of the Ummah, Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued his message to the hujjaj assembled in Makkah for the performance of their pilgrimage.
In the Name of Allah, Merciful, the Mercy-giving
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master, Muhammad (pbuh) - the Final Prophet - and upon his immaculate household and his chosen companions.
I thank Allah, Almighty for bestowing, this year too, the blessing of performing Hajj on an abundant number of committed Muslims from all over the world. They can benefit from this refreshing and blessed spring and can be in the vicinity of Baytullah (the House of Allah) engaging in sincere worship, supplication, dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and taqarrub (closeness to Allah) on the days and nights whose precious and auspicious hours can touch hearts and purify and adorn souls like a miraculous elixir.
Hajj is a mystifying act of worship, and the Noble House (Masjid al-Haram) is a place full of divine blessings and an embodiment of Allah, the Exalted’s signs and symbols.
Hajj can help the pious, humble and wise servants of Allah achieve spiritual elevation. It can make them become lofty and enlightened individuals. It can make them become insightful and courageous elements that are prepared to take action and engage in jihad (utmost struggle for the sake of Allah).
Spiritual and political, as well as individual and social aspects stand out and are visible in this unique obligation of Hajj. Today, the Muslim Ummah is in dire need of both.
On the one hand, the lure of materialism is busy beguiling and annihilating [humanity] by using advanced instruments of propaganda, and on the other, the policies of the system of domination are instigating sedition and fueling the fire of discord among Muslims, turning Islamic countries into an inferno of insecurity and disagreement.
Hajj can be a cure for both of these grave maladies that the Islamic Ummah is suffering from. It can purge hearts of impurities and enlighten them with the light of piety and understanding. It can open eyes to the bitter realities of the world of Islam; it can strengthen one’s determination in order to confront those realities. It can make one’s steps firm and prepare hands and minds to take action.
Today, the world of Islam is suffering from insecurity: moral, spiritual and political insecurity. This is mainly due to our negligence and the brutal invasion of the enemies. We as Muslims did not carry out our religious and rational duties in the face of the invasion of the vicious enemy. We forgot to be both “strong against the deniers of Allah’s power” and “compassionate with one another” (The noble Quran, 48:29).
This has [consequently] led the Zionist enemy to provoke sedition in the heart of the Muslim world, while we as Muslims - by ignoring the important duty of saving Palestine - are busy with domestic wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain, and with confronting terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the like.
The heads of Muslim countries and political, religious and cultural figures in the world of Islam have heavy responsibilities on their shoulders: the responsibility of creating unity and preventing people from [engaging in] ethnic and religious militancy; the responsibility of informing nations of the enemy’s methods and the treachery of arrogance and Zionism; the responsibility of equipping everyone for the purpose of confronting the enemy in the various arenas of hard and soft wars; the responsibility of urgently preventing catastrophic incidents in Islamic countries – the bitter examples of which such as the incidents in Yemen are today a source of sorrow and protest throughout the world; the responsibility of supporting firmly the oppressed Muslim minorities such as those in Myanmar and elsewhere; and most importantly, the responsibility of defending Palestine and offering unconditional cooperation and assistance to a people who have been fighting for their usurped land for 70 years.
These are important responsibilities that fall on our shoulders. Nations should demand them from their governments and leading figures should try to achieve them with firm determination and pure intentions. These tasks are the definite embodiment of helping Allah’s deen that will definitely be followed by divine help that He has promised.
These are parts of the lessons of Hajj and I hope that we can understand and act upon them.
I pray to Allah to accept your Hajj. I would like to commemorate the martyrs of Mina and Masjid al-Haram [in 2015] and beseech Allah, the Merciful and the Benevolent, to elevate their rank [in Heaven].
Greetings be upon you all and Allah’s mercy
Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Dhu al-Hijjah 7, 1438/ August 29, 2017