“Does the road to liberating Jerusalem pass through Hejaz?” – [Based on a slogan from the start of the revolution, "The road to liberating Jerusalem passes through Karbala."] An editorial by Javad She’rbaf: On the eve of the Islamic Conference Organization Summit in Saudi Arabia, the history of Islam is saturated with bitter and sweet events, from which lessons can be learned. What is comparable to the miracle of the appearance of Islam and its continuation is that it is global, despite the fact that the two superpowers, the East and the West, hardly left any room for a “third power.” This open secret has erased many borders, deposed the Roman Empire within less than a decade and also toppled the Iranian monarchy. The writer of the editorial describes the exodus from Egypt and the struggle of Islam in its early years against the Jews, who refused to recognize the Prophet Muhammad.
After the conquest of Mecca, attention was turned to freeing Muslims first Qiblah (direction of prayer, Jerusalem). The road to liberating Jerusalem passed through Mecca. The political circumstances are now repeating themselves, though slightly differently. A look at the current situation and recent events reveals that similar alliances have been formed between the sons of Israel and the sons of Abu Sufyan [who was defeated by Muhammad in the Battle of Bdar, regarded in Islam as exemplary and heroic – the inference here being to Saudi Arabia] in order to oppose pure Islam. Concrete evidence exists showing the attempts bySaudi Arabiato seriously opposeIranand act as part of an alliance against the holy Islamic regime. Many reports are being published about the link between political and intelligence elements on both sides and their shared interests in opposing the Islamic regime, and the worsening rift between Shias and Sunnis in the region. Out of self-interest, as in the past, the sons ofIsrael(Israel) are exploiting their [the Saudi's] stupidity.
The current global situation is not much different than in the early years of Islam. Israel and Saudi Arabia are forming an alliance against Iran in the same way that the Bani-Quraysh tribe did against the Prophet Muhammed. The Al-Saud’s efforts to confront the Islamic Republic (of Iran) and its Islamic system are clearly evidenced in their actions… Now that the path to Karbala has been opened thanks to the perseverance of the (Iraqi) people, for the freedom of Quds, should we rely on historical experience and again begin at Mecca?