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Saudi Arabia Uses the Sacrificial Pilgrimage to Exert Political Pressure on Somalia

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Saudi Arabia Uses the Sacrificial Pilgrimage to Exert Political Pressure on Somalia
The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” accused the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MOEW) of politicization of sacrifices of Hajj after it has repatriated a ship carrying 27,000 Somali cattle from the port of Jeddah on the grounds of Rift Valley Fever. The Somali state has confirmed that the ship Saudi Arabia sent back to the port city of Boussasso was in the state it sailed from days ago. “I think what the Saudi authorities have announce of Somali cattle infected with Rift Valley Fever is incorrect. ” Sheikh Abdullah said in an interview with BBC Radio ”
Somalia’s political relations with Saudi Arabia are not good at all, after Somalia took a neutral stance on the Gulf crisis between Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Al Haramain Watch was surprised by the Saudi government’s stance on the Somali sacrifice and the choice of punishing Somalia by using sacrificial offerings. The cost of the Somali cattle is estimated at about 260 riyals at a weight of 12 kilos, while the local sheep price ranges from 280 to 300 riyals. The Commission added that Saudi Arabia should be singled out for running the pilgrimage affairs and involving Islamic institutions and governments in managing the holy places in Saudi Arabia because Islamic holy places belong to all Muslims around the world and not only to the Saud family.
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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