Al Haramain Watch: Saudi Arabia Prevents Libyans in Tripoli from Performing Umrah
The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” accused the Saudi authorities of politicizing religious places in Saudi Arabia and banning Libyan citizens from Umrah this year due to Saudi political differences with the presidency of the internationally recognized Libyan Accordance Government. The Saudi authorities had earlier arrested Libyan worshipers at Jeddah airport and handed them over to retired brigade Khalifa Hafter in Libya.
Al Haramain Watch warned the Saudi authorities to prevent the Libyan citizens from pilgrimage this year because of political differences, and demanded not to mix the political ambitions of Saudi Arabia with Hajj and Umrah quotas. Al Haramain Watch also stressed that the two holy mosques belong to all Muslims around the world, and no person or authority has the right to deprive any Muslim of his right to perform his worship freely and without restriction.
The Commission said it is now the right time to involve Islamic institutions and governments in running the holy sites in Saudi Arabia after many of Saudi Arabia’s abuses against Muslims, both its citizens and citizens of Muslim countries.
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.