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Saudi Arabia Threatens Morocco’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to Reduce Morocco’s Hajj Quota

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Saudi Arabia Threatens Morocco’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to Reduce Morocco’s Hajj Quota

The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch”  has witnessed a crisis between the Saudi Embassy in Morocco and Ahmed Tawfiq, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs of Morocco,where Ahmed Tawfik blamed the Saudi authorities for the negligence of the Moroccan pilgrimage mission last year. Mr. Tawfiq said that Morocco is responsible for travel and housing expenses, but it is Saudi Arabia that manages the level of accommodation and transportation in Mina and Arafat.

Mr. Tawfiq held the Sudi authorities the organisational and management peoblems in camps of Mina, transportation and relief in the holy sites Mr. Tawfiq noted that most of the problems are related to the constraints posed by the narrow areas of the camps of Mina and the lack of equipment in the toilets and other, and the congestion that the roads know during the days of worship , Tawfiq continued that a general situation that includes all pilgrims in different countries and not only for Moroccans. Al Haramain Watch said that it had monitored the correspondence of the Saudi embassy in Morocco about the minister and demanded clarifications on the statements of Morocco’s Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.

Al Haramain Watch warned that the Saudi authorities had failed miserably to run the holy sites during the Hajj and Umrah seasons. The authority demanded the involvement of Islamic institutions and governments in the administration of holy sites in Saudi Arabia.

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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