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    Iran pilgrims to miss Hajj amid row with Saudi Arabia

    Iran and Saudi Arabia have failed to resolve a row over the Hajj pilgrimage and Iranian citizens will not travel to Mecca this year, Tehran says.
    Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati blamed "obstacles raised by the Saudis". Saudi Arabia blamed "unacceptable" Iranian conditions.
    Hundreds of pilgrims died - many of them Iranians - in a stampede at the Muslim pilgrimage last year.

    But the rivals are split on many other issues, with relations cut in January.
    Mr Jannati said that "after two series of negotiations without any results because of obstacles raised by the Saudis, Iranian pilgrims will unfortunately not be able to take part in the Hajj" in September.

    The Iranian Hajj Organisation said: "Saudi Arabia is opposing the absolute right of Iranians to go on the Hajj and is blocking the path leading to Allah."
    It blamed the Saudis for failing to meet Iranian demands for "the security and respect" of Iranian pilgrims.
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    Visa issues and flights to Saudi Arabia were thought to be key problems.
    Some 60,000 Iranians attended last year.

    The Saudi Hajj ministry insisted it had offered "many solutions" to Iran's demands during two days of talks that ended on Friday.
    The Saudi foreign ministry said Iran's Hajj conditions were "unacceptable".

    In January, Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic ties with Iran, amid a row over the Saudi execution of a prominent Shia Muslim cleric.
    The Saudis executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others after they were convicted of terror-related offences.

    In response, Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran, setting fire to the building.
    Shia-dominated Iran and predominately Sunni Saudi Arabia are long-standing regional rivals who back opposing sides in the conflicts in Syrian and Yemen.
    Iran pilgrims to miss Hajj amid row with Saudi Arabia - BBC News

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    It's OK, they're not proper Muslims anyway.

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    The Allawite, a Shia sect that Pres. Assad and many Syrians belong to, do not even observe the Hajj. And his wife is Sunni- no problema. It would make for a better Iran if they convert en masse' along this secular route. Sure beats paying good money to be stampeded to death.
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    When the peasant hordes gather and push to stone Satan( a dumb rock on a walkway)
    Please somebody drop an atomic bomb

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    The Allawite, a Shia sect that Pres. Assad and many Syrians belong to, do not even observe the Hajj. And his wife is Sunni- no problema. It would make for a better Iran if they convert en masse' along this secular route. Sure beats paying good money to be stampeded to death.
    Iran used to be a Sunni country. Ismail I essentially said "convert or die".

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    Well it sure ain't now. Actually I'd heard Iran was the birthplace of three religions- Zoroastrianism, Shia Islam & Bahai- and most of the Old Testament was written there, by Hebrew scholars. So maybe four.
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    If there were no more Shi-ites, there'd still be Sunni killing each other (and any other Muslims and non-Muslims).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post
    "Saudi Arabia [...] is blocking the path leading to Allah."
    There's more than one way to get there...



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