Al Haramain Watch Holds an Exhibition in Geneva Highlighting Saudi Practices in Politicising Religious Sentiments
Al Haramain Watch Holds an Exhibition in Geneva Highlighting Saudi Practices in Politicizing Religious Sentiments
The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” organized an exhibition at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva today, highlighting the Saudi practices in politicizing religious rituals and its multiple violations in this regard. The exhibition, the first of its kind in the United Nations headquarters compound, included a scene of the Kaaba surrounded by barbed wire in an expressionistic scene of restrictions imposed by Saudi Arabia in its administration of religious sentiments.
The exhibition, which attracted a wide range of human rights figures and visitors, was organized on the sidelines of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
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, deportation of pilgrims, preparation and planning to deprive Islamic countries of pilgrimage next season and the practice of political blackmail as a political pressure. Al Haramain Watch pointed to Saudi Arabia’s exploitation of Hajj and Umrah visas to support its political objectives and ambitions and to buy the debts of Muslim politicians and media by giving them free and illegal Hajj and Umrah visas to stand by the Saudi administration in its political decisions.
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia failed to develop Mecca to accommodate large numbers of pilgrims and to blur the features of the city and the destruction of archaeological sites. Al Haramain Watch 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 Commission promised to take upon itself the task of working for an Islamic awakening through the participation of Islamic countries in the management of holy sites and improving the infrastructure in Mecca and Medina, pointing out that it will hold meetings, conferences and workshops to advise the Kingdom.
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.