RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s top cleric said Iranians are “no longer Muslims”, after Iran’s excellent leader launched a clean tirade over the kingdom’s managing of the Hajj pilgrimage, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
“We ought to recognize those aren’t Muslims, they’re kids of Magi and their hostility in the direction of Muslims is an old one. specifically with the human beings of Sunna,” Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh advised Makkah day by day, referring to pre-Islamic beliefs in Iran and to the Sunnis who make up the primary branch of Islam.
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The grand mufti’s remarks came a day after Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Muslim world ought to project Saudi management of Islam’s holiest sites in Makkah and Madina.
The verbal sparring, ahead of the Hajj which this yr starts on Saturday, follows months of hysteria among Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and its Shia nearby rival Iran.
“because of Saudi rulers’ oppressive behaviour toward God’s visitors, the sector of Islam should fundamentally reconsider the control of the two holy locations and the issue of Hajj,” Khamenei wrote on his website.
He reserved some of his cruelest phrases for Riyadh’s response to final yr’s Hajj stampede which killed 2,297 pilgrims, in line with a toll compiled from overseas officials. Iran stated its nationals accounted for 464 of the useless.