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An International Conference in Senegal Calls for the Involvement of Islamic Countries in the Administration of Saudi Arabia for the Islamic Holy Places


An International Conference in Senegal Calls for the Involvement of Islamic Countries in the Administration of Saudi Arabia for the Islamic Holy Places


Senegal – 24 February 2018

The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” organised an international conference on Saturday in cooperation with Ali Yassin association calling for the participation of Islamic countries in the administration of the Islamic holy places in Saudi Arabia. The conference was held under the title “The Political and Economic Dimensions of the Saudi Administration for Holy Islamic Places and the Philosophy of Hajj” with the participation of representatives of religious and community authorities and representatives of Senegalese civil society.

The conference, which was held at the headquarters of the Hartman Foundation in Senegal, was attended by a number of representatives of local institutions in the country, international Muslim scholars, university professors and prominent government figures. The conference highlighted the political and economic dimensions of Saudi mismanagement of the holy Islamic places in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and how Islamic countries participate in the management of Hajj and Umrah systems. Al Haramain Watch presented a working paper explaining the reasons for the international organization’s demand to involve governments and Islamic institutions in the management of Hajj and Umrah because of the failure of the current Saudi administration in managing those Islamic sentiments.

The meeting was attended by HE Colonel Malik Cisse, Special Adviser to the President of the Republic of Senegal, HE Abdul Aziz Dioub, Minister of Special Adviser to the President of the Republic of Senegal, Sheikh Omar Sisi, Sheikh Mohammed Habib Tal Mantaja, Sheikh Mohammed Conta ,Sheikh Jibril Lay, Sheikh Alioun Badra Thiam, Sheikh Mabak Sik, a professor at the University of Dakar, Professor Muammar Kane, Professor of Sociology at the University of Dakar; Dr Jim Duram, head of the Department of Islamic Science at the University of Dakar, Sheikh Ahmed Salloum Deng, Sheikh Sufism Mourid, Sheikh Tidiane Mbaye, sociologist; Kamara, a lawyer and teacher, Sheikh Ahmed Lee, Sheikh Mohammed Bashir Nadu, Sheikh Abu Bakr Sidi, Sheikh Juai and Sheikh Mami Moore Mbaki.

The Senegal Official Media Agency covered the conference and quoted parts of the speech of Shikh Sharif, the head of Ali Yacine Association and the coordinator of the conference, “The Islamic countries should participate in the management of Hajj and holy sites to ensure the success of the religious seasons,” said Sheikh Sharif. He also pointed out that Mecca has a special place in the Islamic religion where all Muslims are equal in both the visitors and the people of Mecca, stressing that it is incumbent on Saudi Arabia to involve the rest of the Islamic countries in the management of holy places to improve the process of pilgrimage and religious visits and avoid disasters that occur from time to time during the Hajj seasons.

   Sharif added that there are problems in the organization of Hajj and Umrah affect the entire Muslim societies and solutions must be found. “The Senegalese government is doing its utmost to help, but it cannot do anything if the host country wants to do everything, which results in great proplems in the management of the Hajj seasons, especially in Mecca.” Therefore, we must involve all Muslims to ensure the success of this important event of Muslims.” Shikh Sharif said.

Shikh Sharif said “We believe that we have the right as Muslims and that it is our duty to alert Saudi Arabia to any gaps in the management of the pilgrimage season in Mecca, which is for all Muslims because any problem there is a problem for the general Muslims.” We have to be well prepared for the pilgrimage season, and the state must continue its efforts by participating in the process of preparing that duty.” “Apart from the social side, Hajj also has an economic aspect And the state must put in place the necessary means to organize a good pilgrimage. ” said Djamoam Drami, a researcher at the African Institution.

The Senegal Official Media Agency also reported that the conference aims to establish a mechanism to contribute to the development and participation in the Hajj supervised by scientists, academics, researchers and others, where the mechanism is appropriate to the status of duty in the Islamic religion. The conference included sessions on the philosophy of Hajj and religious and social controls and how Islam prevented the politicization of worship.

The representative of Al Haramain Watch and the Coordinator of the Conference, Sharif Bujafar presented a presentation and a working paper on violations by Saudi Arabia in the management of the Hajj from blackmail and the prevention and deportation of pilgrims and the denial of Islamic countries of Hajj because of political differences or not supporting the Kingdom’s political positions.

Sharif highlighted the negative aspects of singling out Saudi Arabia in managing Hajj and Umrah alone and not involving Islamic experts and institutions in the management of holy sites created big problems in the infrastructure and the unfair distribution to Haj quotas on the Islamic countries and using Hajj and Umra as a pressure tool on the Islamic countries for a political reason.

He said that Al Haramain Watch has been launched to consult all Muslim countries and listen to them and to know their problems and help to provide proper management of holy sites in Saudi Arabia. Al Haramain Watch is seeking to protect the Islamic holy heritage and historical Islamic sites because the Saudi administration is destroying themaudi administration and to stop the violations of the Saudi administration against Muslims and Islamic countries.

Sharif proposed the preparation of an international charter to protect Islamic sites in Saudi Arabia and to involve Islamic countries and governments in the management of Hajj. Professor Abdul Aziz Kay, President of the Conference and head of the Hajj mission in Senegal, spoke about the economic, political, social, cultural and religious dimensions of the pilgrimage.

He called for the intervention of the whole Islamic nation in organizing and managing the Hajj to avoid the exploitation of Hajj and Umrah for political purposes against an Islamic country or an Islamic group, and a working paper on the position of Islam and international law on freedom of worship and opinion.

At the end of the conference, the discussion was opened between the audience and the speakers. Recommendations were made to guarantee the right of all Muslims to freedom of worship and freedom of movement to and from Islamic holy sites and to establish an Islamic alliance that ensures freedom of worship of Muslims freely and urge Saudi Arabia not to use the holy sites as a political tool and to involve experts, states, institutions and Islamic organizations in the management of Hajj and Umrah and the protection of monuments and Islamic sites and increase quotas for the pilgrimage to Senegal and African and Asian countries.

A number of representatives of religious institutions in Senegal spoke about the pilgrimage missions and the problems encountered by the Senegalese during the performance of Hajj and Umrah duties. The participants were surprised by the occurrence of disasters during Hajj and Umrah and attributed to the absence of a strong infrastructure because of the lack of a vision of the Saudi Arabia.

 It is noteworthy that The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” was established in 2018 with the aim of exerting pressure to ensure Saudi Arabia’s good management of the holy sites and the preservation of Islamic historical sites, the non-politicization of Hajj and Umrah.

Al Haramain Watch says that its depth is represented by all Islamic countries and it is keen to ensure that Saudi Arabia does not harm holy sites, whether it is inefficient management, or any kind of management based on policies linked to individuals or influential people.



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