Despite all that has transpired during these years, all those acts of sabotage, all that deceit and obstruction of justice by Saudi government, still such spiritual gathering provides the opportunity for many Muslims around the world, who have not forget their obligation toward Allah’s commands. Still people of the Muslim world honored their pledge by prostrating themselves before the holy house of Kaaba once more. But for how long the Muslims are going to put up with their games?
Instead of clinging to the political aspect of Hajj as a mean to unify the Muslim world, Saudis continue to use Hajj as a mean to address their political issues and prompt their agendas. Around two years ago, documents were released by an anonymous source to Qatari news agencies showing Saudi Arabia’s willingness to coerce other Islamic countries into submission by exploiting their zealous affinity for the Hajj pilgrimage. Hajj became a political leverage for Saudi Arabia to distinguish friend from foe, by issuing free papers for those aligned with them and restricting those that do not.
For example, the documents revealed that Saudis had issued around three thousand papers for Egyptian officials through their embassy in Cairo since they wanted to forge closer ties with Abdel Fattah Al Sisi’s government whereas for Iraqis, Saudis refused to issue necessary documents for accommodating a meager sum of two thousands.
Worse still, Saudis recently resorted to inhuman measures to deter those who refuse to submit to their readings. In the case of Libyan pilgrims, it was an utter betrayal and a true dagger in the back. .
Nowadays that the proxy war between Turkey, Qatar, Iran and Saudi Arabia has heightened, so did the misuse of such sacred ground for political purposes, aimed to widen the rift between Islamic groups, sponsored by none other than U.S. and Israel.
Ever since the Saudis came to power, they have exploited its holiness to build legitimacy around it in a similar manner not that different from caliphates of old. Hypocrisy could not be much baser than this. Saudis arrest publicists on a whim upon learning they have tried to spread political messages and yet when it comes to excuses, they are allowed to protect their monarch and their deep-pocketed moneylenders to beautify their actions in the eye of Muslims. As of now, Qataris are put on a tight position when performing their rites and the number of barred Palestinians attending pilgrimage is growing less and less by year.
Many Nationals are hurdled and insulted by the spiting of government officials and Iraqis are only allowed to perform their rites at ease only if politicians with tendencies toward Saudi monarchy back them. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Their real exploits extends far beyond the defined border of rivalry and transcends the boundaries of religion.