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Press conference of Al Haramain Watch in Lebanon with the Participation of Islamic Organisations and Journalists in Beirut


Press conference of Al Haramain Watch in Lebanon with the Participation of Islamic Organisations and Journalists in Beirut

The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim Places ‘’ Al Haramain Watch’’  organized a press conference in Beirut in cooperation with Islamic organisations, journalists and academics to expose the religious violations committed by the Saudi administration and discuss the complaints of the pilgrims for this season. The International Commission presented complaints received from the general Muslim community.


The commission said that most of the  complaints were about depriving pilgrims from the beginning of the Hajj for political reasons, as happened with citizens of Syria, Yemen ,  Qatar and the Republic of Congo and Muslim citizens opposed to Saudi Arabia or their governments allied with Saudi Arabia and racist reasons, as happened with the Palestinians of  Syria, the Bidun and Muslim foreign residents in the Gulf. Some of the complaints were about the exorbitant prices of the pilgrimage, which did not allow pilgrims to provide money for the pilgrimage; The Commission said that there were complaints received by the pilgrims themselves during the pilgrimage, such as insulting some pilgrims and drowned in the rain and the invalidity of their tents or hotel rooms and security and safety systems, especially after the fire of the Palestinian pilgrims hotel.

The Commission presented its semi-annual report, which talked about the Saudi administration’s continued politicization of Hajj, violating the right of Muslims to practice their worship freely and without restrictions, distorting the Islamic face of Islamic holy places, deporting pilgrims, negligence of the Saudi administration in security and safety systems in Hajj.

Sheikh Mohammad Nimer al-Zaghmout, head of the Palestinian Islamic Supreme Council in Lebanon and the Diaspora, said: “Today we turn to the large Islamic councils and authorities to have a position of saying and acting because the speeches alone are not enough. It is no longer acceptable that the Wahhabi authority in Saudi Arabia monopolize the legitimate position. The right of everyone to participate in the arrangement of the affairs of the holy pilgrimage season, especially after the great failure proved by the Kingdom at all political, economic and religious levels, and that doctrine and discrimination will not work . “

The Commission stressed that the time has come to find a comprehensive Islamic administration composed of Islamic institutions and countries to manage the holy places in Saudi Arabia after the failure of the current administration to ensure that such errors are not repeated and attention to infrastructure and ensure that the pilgrimage is not affected by political differences between countries and not uniquely Saudi Arabia to take decisions concerning Islamic world.

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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