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Why Was Hajj for Iranian Pilgrims Canceled This Year?

By: Arash Karami
After last-minute negotiations, Iran and Saudi Arabia failed to provide a breakthrough for Iranian pilgrims to attend the hajj pilgrimage, which is mandatory for all able Muslims. Saeed Ohadi, head of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, accused Saudi Arabia of imposing new "domineering" conditions for Iran's participation.

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The Promised Mahdi

Dr. Yahya Jahangiri

Imam Mahdi is considered to be the twelfth divine successor of the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW. He’s the son of the eleventh divine successor (Imam) - Imam Al-Hassan, and was born in the 255th year of the lunar calendar in a city called Samarra.

Prior to the martyrdom of his father, Imam Mahdi lived alongside him for a brief period of five years. Upon the passing away of his father, Imam Mahdi became the one to carry the message of Islam. 

According to historic documents, Imam Mahdi went on occultation (gheyba) after the commencement of his successorship (Imamate). In Shia theology, this was considered the Imam’s first occultation. Due to its short timespan compared to the second occultation (gheybat ul kubra), this occultation is referred to one of a minor (gheybat ul soghra). During both occultations, Imam was in contact with close representatives.

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Brussels attacks: How Saudi Arabia's influence and a deal to get oil contracts sowed seeds of radicalism in Belgium

By Leo Cendrowicz 

LONDON: There are many reasons why Belgium has become a hotbed of radical Islamism. Some of the answers may lie in the implanting of Saudi Salafist preachers in the country from the 1960s.

Keen to secure oil contracts, Belgium's King Baudouin made an offer to Saudi King Faisal, who had visited Brussels in 1967: Belgium would set up a mosque in the capital, and hire Gulf-trained clerics.

At the time, Belgium was encouraging Moroccan and Turkish workers to come into the country as cheap labour. The deal between the two Kings would make the mosque their main place of worship.

Saudi Arabia Is The Middle East’s Biggest Danger

President Obama with late King Abdullah while current foreign minister Jubair looks on
President Obama with late King Abdullah while current foreign minister Jubair looks on

TOBY C JONES
Hoover Institution

Over the last decade, Saudi Arabia has emerged as the Middle East’s most assertive power. Stirred to action by the fall of Saddam Hussein, the rise of Iran, and deeply unsettled by the Arab uprisings, the kingdom has taken on an increasingly interventionist role. In Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, Saudi powerbrokers have used money and violence in an attempt to bend the region to their will.

What drives Saudi Arabia’s regional politics? More importantly, what are the costs of so much intervention?

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Post-nuclear sanctions: Iran vs imperialism

by Tahir Mustafa

While the sanctions have been officially lifted, imperialists and Zionists have not given up on mischief-making. Sabotage of the Islamic Republic will continue in other forms.

No matter what ones opinion of Islamic Iran, the fact is that it stood by its vision and principles and gained its reward, of course not without sacrifices. Nothing great can be achieved without first offering sacrifices. Let us look at some hard facts.

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