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Hajj: A Matter of Pen and Papers


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.

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 meagre 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. Two of the Libyan rebels fighting against Khalifa Haftar, a naturalized U.S. citizen and one of the closet allies of Saudi government in Libya, were captured days after Saudi embassy issued Hajj papers for them.

They were subsequently handed over to Haftar’s operatives and are currently presumed dead. In the case of Iranians, it was culturally perceived as the worst of the two.

A few years back during a routine checkpoint in Jeddah airport, two Saudi officer nearly raped two Iranian youth, an act of Haram that is ascertained to be punished by stoning to death. The implications these incidents have, are that the Saudi Arabia is somehow bordering on hijacking a highly revered religious site and exploit it to attain personal advantage over others.

Nowadays that the proxy warbetween 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, sure to benefit from this schism.

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.



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