Al Haramain Watch Exhibition at the European Union Headquarters in Brussels
The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” held an exhibition in front of the European Parliament in the Belgian capital Brussels, highlighting violations by the Saudi authorities of freedom of worship and the performance of religious rites. The exhibition is the first of its kind in the square of the EU headquarters, included a scene of the Kaaba surrounded by barbed wire in an expression of Saudi restrictions on its administration of religious sentiments.
The exhibition attracted wide attention from European and European human rights figures, and aims to draw the attention of the European Union and its member states to Saudi practices restricting the performance of religious rites and violations in this regard.
The exhibition called for stopping the continued violations by the Saudi authorities in the management of Islamic holy places in the Kingdom, such as Saudi Arabia’s use of Hajj and Umrah visas, the deportation of pilgrims and the preparation and planning to deprive Muslim countries of Hajj next season and the practice of political blackmail using the holy places as a political pressure card to exploit Hajj and Umrah visas to support their goals and ambitions and to buy the grievances of politicians and Muslim media by giving them free and illegal Hajj and Umrah visas to stand by the Saudi administration in its political decisions.
Al Haramain Watch also pointed to Saudi Arabia’s use of Islamic rituals, especially Hajj, as a political pressure to put pressure on several governments to blackmail them politically. The exhibition also stressed Saudi Arabia’s failure to develop Mecca to accommodate large numbers of pilgrims.
Al Haramain Watch has repeatedly assured that Saudi Arabia’s failure to manage the Hajj requires a genuine Islamic awakening and vigilance to advise and guide the Kingdom on how to develop its performance to serve millions of Muslims who seek Islamic sentiments.
The activities of Al Haramain Watch will interact with the international and Islamic public opinion and plans to organize campaigns and events in a number of capitals to explain the dimensions of the two holy mosques. It will also organize festivals, symposia and hearings in many parliaments around the world.
Al Haramain Watch aims to ensure that Saudi Arabia manages the two holy mosques 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.