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Iran's leaders are "not Muslims", says Saudi Arabia's grand mufti

2016-09-07 16:20:20
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Thereport24.com Desk:

Saudi Arabia's grand mufti has said Tehran's leaders are "not Muslims", a day after Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Saudi authorities of being responsible for the deaths of Muslims during last year's deadly crush at the Hajj pilgrimage, reports Al Jazeera.

The rhetoric from the regional rivals - mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia and majority-Shia Iran - comes as preparations are under way for the start of this year's Hajj pilgrimage, and Islam's holy festival of Eid al-Adha on Monday.

In comments to the Makkah newspaper published on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Abdulaziz Al Sheikh was quoted as saying that Khamenei's remarks blaming Riyadh for last year's tragedy were "not surprising" because Iranians are descendants of "Majuws".

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"Majuws" refers to Zoroastrians and those who worship fire. Predating Christianity and Islam, Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion in Persia before the Arab conquest.

"We must understand they are not Muslims, for they are the descendants of Majuws, and their enmity towards Muslims, especially the Sunnis, is very old," Saudi's grand mufti said.

Khamenei, in remarks published on his website on Monday, started the verbal jousting, accusing Saudi Arabia of denying medical treatment to the victims of the 2015 Hajj crush.

"Heartless and murderous Saudis locked up the injured with the dead in containers - instead of providing medical treatment and helping them or at least quenching their thirst. They murdered them," Khamenei wrote on his website.

Ends/thereport24.com/HB/Sept 07, 2016

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