This is becoming unbelievable. Iran has just forbidden its citizens from practicing the Hajj to Mecca, one of the five pillars of Islam. Iran’s prohibition to travel to Islam’s holiest sites, Mecca and Media, confirms what we have been saying all along, that Iran will eventually abandon Mecca altogether. As it seems the Sunni-Shiite divide reveals a major schism between two Muslim holy cities, Mecca on the one hand and Karbala on the other, an un-healable divide that Scriptures in Isaiah 21 predicts Iran will end up nuking Arabia.
Iran in order to divert attention from Mecca found the typical excuse that governments always do to spark a rivalry: they claimed that two teenaged boys were abused by Saudi airport officials while returning from a pilgrimage.
So Iran took this action regardless that in the incident, no abuse has happened, and the two policemen who allegedly attempted the abuse (which no one knows the details) were identified and detained by Saudi police. This was even confirmed by Ali Ghaziasgar, the Supreme Leader’s representative for Hajj affairs was quoted as saying.
But Iran’s alleged abuse story did what Iran wanted, sparked unauthorized protests at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran on Saturday with increased public anger has grown over the incident, with President Hassan Rouhani even ordering an investigation and Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoning a Saudi diplomat for an explanation.What is also interesting is to see that in these rallies, Shiites are denouncing Israel alongside with Saudi Arabia. “Sheba and Dedan” are viewed as Jews for their support of Netanyahu’s anti-Iran nuclear ambitions. So Iran hates Arabia more than they hate Israel. Ayatollah Husayn Ali Montazeri, at the time Khomeini’s successor-designate, met with the foreign guests and denounced the Saudis as “a bunch of English agents from Najd who have no respect either for the House of Allah or for the pilgrims who are the guests of Allah.” Just as Jerusalem would be liberated from the “claws of usurping Israel,” Mecca and Medina would be liberated from the “claws of Al Sa‘ud.
But such hatred of Saudi Arabia does not only stem from Shiites. A Sunni cleric at the conference apparently took the analogy still further, denouncing the Saudis as Jews. The insinuation that the Saudis were Jews–the worst possible libel–echoed an old piece of Shi‘ite bigotry that attributed Jewish origins to the Saudi ruling family.
This and for many other reasons, the noose is tightening on Al-Sa’ud now rummages to salvage its Sunni Alliance to save itself especially after Turkey and Pakistan abandoned the coalition. To Shia, Karbala supersedes Mecca. In the Shiite faith, there was a feud between the two cities. When Mecca felt haughty and arrogant that Allah warns her, he will toss the Ka’ba in hellfire and will utterly destroy her.