Iranian Cleric Announces This Year’s Hajj Motto

The representative of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Hajj and pilgrimage affairs said the motto of this year’s Hajj for Iranian pilgrims has been selected.
Hojat-ol-Islam Seyed Ali Qazi-Askar said the motto is "Hajj, Spirituality, National Power and Islamic Solidarity.”
Noting that spirituality is a major keyword in the motto, the senior cleric stressed that pilgrims should make the most of the Hajj pilgrimage to develop their spirituality and moral virtues.
Last week, Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Hamid Mohammadi said that 86,500 Iranian pilgrims will travel to Saudi Arabi for Hajj.
Noting that Iranian pilgrims will travel to Saudi Arabia in 600 convoys, he said Saudi officials have undertaken to ensure the security of Iranian pilgrims during the annual Hajj season.
Iran announced in mid-March that applicants can go on Hajj pilgrimage this year following negotiations with Saudi officials after a hiatus in the wake of a diplomatic row with the kingdom.
Iranian Cleric Announces This Year’s Hajj Motto
In 2016, more than 1.8 million pilgrims attended Hajj, but Iranians stayed at home after tensions between Riyadh and Tehran boiled over following a deadly crush of people during the 2015 pilgrimage.
On September 2, 2015, thousands of people lost their lives in the deadly crush after Saudi authorities blocked a road in Mina during a ritual, forcing large crowds of pilgrims to collide.
The crush was the deadliest incident in the history of the pilgrimage. According to an Associated Press count based on official statements from the 36 countries that lost citizens in the disaster, more than 2,400 pilgrims were killed in the incident.
Saudi Arabia claims nearly 770 people were killed, but officials at Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization say about 4,700 people, including over 460 Iranian pilgrims, lost their lives.