Al Haramain Watch: Saudi Arabia does not give European Muslims Enough Hajj Quotas
The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” said that the Saudi government does not give Europe’s Muslims enough Hajj quotas . Last year, the Hajj quotas for Muslim pilgrims in Europe were 200,000 European pilgrims from 28 European countries. Turkey is one of the most heavily populated countries with 80,000 people and Ukraine with only 50 pilgrims.
A total of 17,000 European countries, including Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belarus, Slovakia, Croatia, Moldova, Armenia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, Montenegro, Luxembourg, Malta, Iceland, Wales.
The Commission stressed the right of all Muslims in the world to perform Hajj freely and without restrictions, regardless of colour, sex and nationality, and demanded the Saudi government to increase the share of Muslims in Europe in the Hajj and work to reduce the high pilgrimage fees to enable citizens of poor countries to participate in the pilgrimage such as Albania in Europe.
The Commission called for the participation of all institutions and Islamic countries in the management of Hajj after the failure and shortening of Saudi Arabia in the management of Hajj and the injustice distribution of Hajj shares to the European Muslim poor countries and the entire Hajj season risk after the deprivation of entire countries of pilgrimage because of political differences with their governments.
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.