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Al Haramain Watch Condemns the Arrest of Sheikh Bandar Balila, Imam of Great Mosque in Mecca




Al Haramain Watch Condemns the Arrest of Sheikh Bandar Balila, Imam of Great Mosque in Mecca



Al Haramain Watch condemned the arrest of Sheikh Bandar Abdul Aziz Balila, Imam of the Great Mosque in Mecca, last week in a humiliating manner that is not commensurate with the Sheikh’s status, and he was released after four days of detention. Sheikh Bandar is an assistant professor at Taif University and holds a master’s degree in jurisprudence from the Faculty of Shari’a and Islamic Studies from Umm Al-Qura University and a PhD from the Islamic University of Madinah in Fiqh from the Faculty of Sharia. The Sheikh refused talking about the circumstances of his detention in recognition of his status. Al Haramain Watch said that dozens of Muslim preachers were still in Saudi prisons after a crackdown by Saudi authorities since Mohammed bin Salman assumed the post of crown prince, deputy prime minister, defense minister and head of the kingdom’s economic and development council.

Al Haramain Watch demands the Saudi administration not to politicize Islamic platforms in the two holy mosques and demands the release of all Islamic preachers from Saudi prisons immediately, and calls on Islamic countries and governments to participate in the management of Islamic holy places in Saudi Arabia after the Saudi regime continued to use bad files of Islamic worship Saudi. Al Haramain Watch aims to ensure that Saudi Arabia manages the Haramain and Islamic sites in a proper manner that preserves the past and the present image of Islam.

The commission will apply this aim by advising Riyadh through an Islamic advisory board, engaging Muslim countries in managing the holy rituals, and stopping the obliteration of Islamic identity in Mecca and Medina, which is carried out by Saudi Arabia through the unlimited urban expansion that destroyed many of these sites and eliminated the Islamic presence in them. The commission will also prevent the Saudi Arabia singling out the decision over the holy rituals, which may affect the safety of pilgrims and Umrah. It also aims to prevent the unconvincing closure of rituals such as visiting dignitaries or celebrities or guests of Saudi Arabia. In addition, it will monitor any violation of Saudi Arabia to any pilgrim during his visit to the holy sites. Finally, it will ensure a fair distribution of Hajj and Umrah quotas on Muslim countries without any favouritism or mediation. The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” is a global organization that monitors the ways and means of Saudi Arabia’s administration of the holy sites in Mecca and Medina, especially the Haramain, including the Islamic historical sites in the Kingdom. The Commission’s work is based on an Islamic reference, and is keen on the interests of Muslims from the ocean to the Gulf and all areas of Islamic presence.



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