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Al Haramain Watch Receives Complaints from Egyptian Pilgrims about being Subjected to Humiliating Searches by Saudi Security at the Airport

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Al Haramain Watch Receives Complaints from Egyptian Pilgrims about being Subjected to Humiliating Searches by Saudi Security at the Airport

The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch”  said that it had received complaints from Egyptian pilgrims about their being subjected to a very humiliating and exacting search by the Saudi security forces when they arrived at Jeddah airport to perform Umrah.

One of the Egyptians said, “When we got to the airport and after the usual inspection, we were surprised by the Saudi security, looking at our own things and stuff in a humiliating manner, especially our mobile phones and what they contain. We were allowed to enter Saudi Arabia. We tried to file a complaint with the Egyptian supervisory committees, but did not find it and we learned that the Saudi Authorities banned the committee to come to Egypt. “

Al Haramain Watch said that there were many complaints about the Saudi security forces humiliating the pilgrims when they entered Saudi Arabia. The Authority issued a statement last week on the prevention of the supervision committees of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism accompanying the pilgrims to establish an office in Saudi Arabia.

According to an official at the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, “It is usual for Egyptian supervision committees to go to Saudi Arabia at the beginning of the Umrah season and also during the pilgrimage season to inspect the housing of pilgrims and hotels there, as well as to solve the problems of pilgrims, and receive complaints from pilgrims about the lack of any services agreed upon with these companies, where they are checking and verify the matching services with the programs of those companies. Without supervision committees in Saudi Arabia, it is likely that corporate irregularities will increase, especially in the holy month of Ramadan, due to overcrowding in the areas of Mecca and Medina.’’

The Commission called on the Saudi authorities to respect the privacy of the pilgrims and not to insult them and treat them equally. The Commission also called for the involvement of Islamic institutions and governments in the management of the holy places in Saudi Arabia, due to the negligence of  the Saudi authorities in the administration of these places.

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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