By: Mir M.Hosseini
After an unfortunate incident in which an Iranian pilgrim was executed during pilgrimage, Iran officially cut diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia. Eye witnesses reported that in Dec, 1943, Abutaleb Yazdi, the 22 year old Iranian Haji suddenly got sick while doing the traditional tour around Kaaba. It was a hot summer day and he started to vomit. He tried to keep the spew in his garment and continue when a Saudi guard approached him and asked him what he was doing. He did not know enough Arabic and he was not in a condition to answer, thus; he was beaten and taken into custody and charged with knowingly trying to dishonor the sacred place. After brief proceedings, his head was chopped off in public. The rest of about 300 Iranians attending the pilgrimage were asked to leave Saudi Arabia.
There has been an ongoing sectarian violence between the Shiite and Sunni Muslims and this incident has been attributed to a misunderstanding. Iranians were then deprived of Hajj for almost two years and only after necessary assurances were given, pilgrimages started again.