Vice Speaker Urges Muslim Elites to Promote Unity during Hajj Pilgrimage
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Vice speaker of Iran's parliament warned Muslims on Tuesday against US plots to sow discord among Islamic nations and called on Muslim elites to use the Hajj pilgrimage to promote unity and solidarity.
It is obvious for Islamic thinkers and intellectuals that the US is bent on sowing discord and dispute among Muslim nations, said Abol Hassan Aboutorabifard in a parliamentray address.
He said that knowing the enemy, consolidating unity, encountering the expansionist tendencies, plots, and conspiracies of the enemies would definitely contribute to solidarity in the Muslim world.
Aboutorabifard also expressed hope that this year’s Hajj pilgrimage rituals would pave the way for improved unity and understanding among Muslims and neuter the enemies' plots throughout the Islamic world, particularly in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
The Hajj is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and the largest gathering of Muslim people in the world every year. The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar.
Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, eleven days shorter than the Gregorian calendar used in the Western world, the Gregorian date of the Hajj changes from year to year. This year's pilgrimage takes place from October 14-18.