US, Israel, Al-Saud behind Iraq’s Hilla blast – says prominent Shia cleric

ABNA- Speaking in a lecture marking the demise anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad and the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hasan al-Mujtaba at the Holy Shrine of Imam al-Ridha, Sayyed Ebrahim Raeisi referred to a truck bombing carried out by Daesh (ISIS/IS) terrorists at a gas station in the Iraqi village of Shomali in the suburbs of Hillah on Thursday, which left around 100 people dead, including dozens of Iranian pilgrims who had completed the Arbaeen pilgrimage, and said, “We know that in reality, the filthy hands of the United States, the Zionist regime and the evil Saudi regime were responsible for this attack in Hillah.”

The custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam al-Ridha stated that this year, the number of pilgrims participating in the Arba’in pilgrimage to Karbala was several times more than previous years according to all statistics and stressed, “The enemies could not destroy the power of the blood of the martyrs of Imam Husayn because on Ashura, the enemies were unable to trample the martyrs or crush the bones of their pure bodies in order to destroy the memory of Imam Husayn.”

Sayyed Raeisi said that the dignity of Iranian society over the past 37 years is due to the emphasis on their obedience to the commandments of God and the Prophet Muhammad.

He added that the enemies are opposed to the dignity of the Iranian nation and said, “They don’t want a system that has the name of religion and Islam, nor do they want freedom, independence or Iran to support the oppressed people of the world and won’t tolerate Iran to maintain the position of dignity and authority which it has today.”

The member of the board of the Assembly of Experts said that in order to gain the satisfaction of the imperialist powers and the Americans and the Western powers, the House of Saud, as the strategic extension of the imperialist powers in the Middle East, seeks to use of all its resources to oppress its own people as well as the people of other Muslim nations.

Noting that Daesh has been trained by Israelis and Americans, Sayyed Raeisi said that a handful of ignorant people and Takfiri tools of the Zionist regime were created to divide the Muslim community, kill and disable the armies of Muslim countries in the region so that Israel and Americans can benefit of the resources of the region.

His Eminence stressed that Iran’s Islamic society can stand against the Zionist movement and the imperial powers through unity, solidarity and vigilance through the name of the Prophet Muhammad and the infallible Ahlul-Bayt and never hesitate for a moment in the fight against this corrupt phenomenon.

In conclusion, Sayyed Raeisi said, “We have certainly and believe that the helping hand of God and divine assistance is promised to the faithful and pious and we’ve witnessed God’s help in all areas.”