OPINION | Depth and Scope of Mina Disaster by Nozar Shafiei, IranReview.org
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OPINION | Depth and Scope of Mina Disaster by Nozar Shafiei, IranReview.org

By Nozar Shafiei

OPINION | Depth and Scope of Mina Disaster by Nozar Shafiei, IranReview.org

The world of Islam and the Middle East region have been grappling with intense identity and security challenges in recent years. A large number of incidents and developments in this region, whose sources exist either inside or outside the region, intensify internal conflicts among Muslims, while lack of correct understanding of the quality and nature of these developments has caused any incident and mishap in Islamic countries to become unmanageable and get out of hand.

The recent incidents during the huge congregation of Hajj in Saudi Arabia, the gravest of which took place on the auspicious day of Eid al-Adha and concurrent with the presence of Hajj pilgrims at Mina, rapidly turned into a challenging topic in relations among Muslim countries due to their scope and the profound dimensions they had from humanitarian and Islamic viewpoints. For this reason, it seems that regardless of many marginal issues that are brought up by the media, the most important priority for dealing with this incident is recognizing its depth and scope.

Of course some experts have endeavored through review of the history of Hajj incidents in past years to uphold the idea that what happened in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage is also an ordinary and natural course of events with the only difference being the high number of dead people in this incident as compared to previous ones. In line with this effort, they have emphasized that similar incidents took place in 1979, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1997, and 2006.

It seems, however, that there is a great number of intelligence and analytical propositions available with regard to the Mina incident right now, which prove that it is different from incidents that took place in previous years. For example, there are many media and intelligence reports that prove suspicious and out of the ordinary nature of this year’s Hajj incidents. Some issues that have been so far highlighted in this regard include:

1. The way Saudi officials have dealt with this issue: Saudi officials have approached this incident in such a way that in addition to realities like inability and lack of good management in behavior of Saudi officials, their conduct has been clearly contradictory and ambiguous in many instances. Also, projectionist and even insulting positions adopted by Saudi officials show that they have been ready before the incident to take advantage of this huge calamity;

2. The process that Saudi Arabia has defined and implemented for recognizing the identities of those who were killed and went missing, indicates that Saudi officials have been under security and intelligence considerations in this issue;

3. Of special note is also the effort made by Saudi Arabia to take advantage of this calamity to cover up its other acts of aggression, including its support for ISIS and other terrorist groups in the region, its attack on Yemen, and so forth;

4. Meaningful silence of international institutions and organizations and their failure to support human rights of Muslims; and

5. Absence of a reaction commensurate with this disaster from Islamic countries.

Therefore, it is quite evident that Saudi Arabia’s management of the Mina disaster should be made subject to prosecution and investigation from political and legal viewpoints because it seems that this issue will have a great impact on recognizing the depth and scope of the Mina disaster.

Without a doubt, more serious follow-up by Islamic countries on the Mina disaster is among righteous demands, which should be met through various means and with necessary ingenuity.

Some possible results and outcomes of such follow-up could be summarized as follows:

1. Revelation of more facts for presentation to the public opinion in the Islamic world and preventing any doubt from being cast on the dignity of Muslims;

2. Counteracting erroneous and inhuman policies that Saudi Arabia implements during the Hajj congregation; and

3. Creating a global discourse on the necessity of the participation of all Muslim countries in the management of Hajj rituals.

About The Author:

Nozar Shafiei, Member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee

Source: khabaronline.ir | http://www.khabaronline.ir/ | Translated: Iran Review.Org