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Al Haramain Watch Calls on Saudi Arabia to Cancel the Fees of Umra Repetition

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Al Haramain Watch Calls on Saudi Arabia to Cancel the Fees of Umra Repetition

The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” has called on the Saudi authorities to cancel fees for repeating the Umrah after many citizens in Islamic countries are reluctant to perform Umrah during Ramadan, especially in Egypt and Jordan. Mr. Kamal Abu Diab, Secretary of the Association of Agents for Travel and Tourism Offices in Jordan, said that the number of Jordanian pilgrims in the past years and before the imposition of additional fees on the Umrah , it had exceeded the 100,000 mark during the month of Ramadan. Now, it is up to 50,000 this year, at best.

He pointed out that the month of Ramadan was considered a preferred season for the performance of Umrah for Jordanians, and despite the constant prices of hotels and transport to range between 120-140 JD by land, but the decline in registration, led to lower prices of Umrah at the beginning of Ramadan to below normal rates . Abu Diab said that the Hajj and Umrah companies have experienced a significant decrease in registration for Umrah trips at the beginning of the month of Ramadan as well as the last days of Ramadan flights.

On the other hand, some of the Egyptian citizens considered that the fee to repeat the Umrah confiscate the freedom of Muslims and impose restrictions on the performance of Umrah and approach to God, and that there are other ways to collect funds if the state wishes to do so away from the file Umrah.

The agency accused the Saudi authorities of using the Hajj and Umrah file as a source of collection and neglecting the development of administrative systems or infrastructure. 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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