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Al Haramain Watch: Preventing Syrian and Qatari Pilgrims from Performing the Obligatory Duty of Hajj is a Crime against Sharia and International law

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Al Haramain Watch: Preventing Syrian and Qatari Pilgrims from Performing the Obligatory Duty of Hajj is a Crime against Sharia and International law

20 June 2018

The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” has condemned the ban on Syrian and Qatari nationals from performing Hajj. The Saudi authorities have banned pilgrims from entering the country for the seventh year consecutively. A source at the Syrian Ministry of Awqaf said that Saudi Arabia is still barring Syrians from pilgrimage for the seventh year, denying any rumours about allowing Syrians to perform Hajj this year. The source pointed out that an agreement should be signed with the Saudi Ministry of Hajj to allow the Syrians to perform Hajj, but this has not been done so far, although next month some Muslim countries will start to run the pilgrims.

The Syrian official sourse said, “Each year, we open the field of applications to take action on this subject in the hope of allowing them to go to the Hajj,” He stressed that the applicants are alerted to the requests and that they have not yet been allowed to perform Hajj. The source said that Hajj requests have declined from about 70 to 25,000 as a result of preventing the Syrians from performing this duty, which is considered the fifth pillar of Islam, stressing that the ministry has taken all the required procedures, including that it has contacted the Organization of Islamic Cooperation during the past years.

The source confirmed that the registration of applications for applicants has not stopped since the beginning of the crisis so far in the hope that allow applicants wishing to perform Hajj to travel for his performance, stressing that the Syrian government has done what it has on this subject, but Saudi Arabia is preventing the Syrians from performing this duty. The source added that the ministry is carrying out the procedures required of them to the fullest, but unfortunately if there is no agreement will not be completed, expressing the hope that the Syrians are allowed to perform the Hajj. The source also confirmed that coordination with the Ministry of Tourism on this subject and that many of them were punished, pointing out that the cases are individual and few and can be controlled. He continued that the ministry is working to educate citizens through seminars, media and circulars to prevent them from falling into the trap of fraud followed by some offices, taking advantage of the need of citizens to perform this duty.

The source said that Saudi Arabia does not have the right to prevent any Muslim from performing a very important duty of Islam. He added that the system of government in Saudi Arabia will regulate this issue and then prevent the Syrians from performing the Hajj rituals mentioned by God in the Qur’an. The source considered that this prohibition is unfair and painful to hurt the person in his religion as the pilgrimage is the fifth pillar of Islam and therefore no one has the right to prevent Muslims from performing their duties.

The organization called for the involvement of Islamic institutions and governments in the management of the holy placese and sites in Saudi Arabia because of the failure of the Riyadh administration to manage the rituals and the denial of thousands of Muslims from Umrah and pilgrimage for political reasons to ensure the highest degree of transparency and integrity in the management of Islamic feelings in Mecca and Medina.
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.

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