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Al Haramain Watch Accuses the Saudi Authorities of Practicing Racial Discrimination against Qatari Pilgrims

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Al Haramain Watch Accuses the Saudi Authorities of Practicing Racial Discrimination against Qatari Pilgrims

The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” has accused the Saudi authorities of racial discrimination against Qatari pilgrims for the third year in a row because of the Saudi regime’s pollicisation of holy places  after Saudi Arabia announced an electronic route for Qatari pilgrims without coordination with the Qatar Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, and the imposition of entry into Saudi territory only through the airports of King Abdul Aziz and Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz, in addition to not allowing the pilgrims to pass through the land through the Salwa crossing link between the two countries.

Al Haramain Watch has received a number of complaints from Qatari citizens last year about the difficulty of registration and obstacles placed by the Saudi authorities in the face of Qatari citizens. One of the citizens says they were required by security to be accompanied with cameras and shoot them while entering and perform the religious acts in humiliation in spite of their refusal to shoot.

Al Haramain Watch has also accused the Saudi authorities of politicizing the Hajj and Umrah and using the Hajj and Umrah file for political revenge from the Qatari government and trying to spread strife and division between the Qatari society.

It added that it is not acceptable for Muslims to be prevented from performing Hajj and Umrah rituals, Saudi policies are placing Muslims around the world in a state of confusion and fear of what would happen to the religious rituals in Saudi Arabia.

Al Haramain Watch calls upon the Islamic institutions and governments of the Islamic nation to intervene and pressure the Saudi authorities to change their policies, stop politicizing the pilgrimage, neutralize holy places in Saudi Arabia and allow muslims and citizens of Islamic countries to perform Hajj without imposing political conditions on their governments.

The Commission repeated its call upon Islamic countries, institutions and governments to immediately intervene in the administration of the Islamic Holy Places in the Two Holy Mosques to ensure their neutralization after the failure of the Saudi authorities to ensure the neutrality of places of worship.

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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