The holy month of Hajj and this great congress of Muslims are close, and Saudi officials, while must having to think about creating amenities for the pilgrims of the house of God, have been stripped of their responsibilities and even imposed restrictions on the issuance of visas and entry of some pilgrims.
Indeed, the Saudi regime has forbidden some nations from attending Hajj in Saudi Arabia to exert pressure on states opposing the policies of this regime, including citizens from a number of Islamic countries, including Qatar, Syria, Palestine, Libya and Yemen.
It is surprising that each year the Saudi government adds to the number of countries that prevent their citizens from attending the Hajj, and defends this non-Islamic act.
Saudi Arabia’s rule for the second consecutive year creates barriers to Qatari’s Hajjis to prevent them from traveling to Saudi Arabia to fulfill their Hajj pilgrimage.
Qatari pilgrims, who impatiently waited for the consent of the Saudi authorities by issuing their Hajj pilgrimage, were deprived of this mandate due to “cruel decisions” by Saudi Arabia.
After boycotting Qatar, Saudi leaders have now taken ban on Hajj for Qatari nationals, a divine command that has been protected throughout history from any political conflict.
Qatari pilgrims have said that the decision to ban Hajj for Qatari pilgrims this year is due to unelected Saudi political decisions over the dispute with the Qatari government.
The quota for Qatari pilgrims has dropped from eight thousand to 1,300 a year, while the share of Hajjis neighboring countries, smaller than Qatar, remains in line with the pattern of previous years.
In this regard, Ashraf Shahin, director of the Hajj and Umrah Campaign, mentioning to the great frustration and sadness of the Qatari Hajjis, said that the Saudi Arabia has blocked the Qatari Hajj trip and reduced its quota.
Meanwhile, Riyadh has said that travelling Qatari’s pilgrims to Saudi Arabia with Qatari airplanes is prohibited. In addition, the only King Abdul Aziz airport is open to Qataris in Jeddah.
The Saudi Hajj Ministry accused the Qatari Ministry of Endowment of interrupting its plans for Qatar pilgrims.
Earlier, the Qatari Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs said that Saudi barriers continue on the rights of citizens and residents of the Qatari government to perform Islamic rituals in the lands of Mecca and Medina since the beginning of the Persian Gulf crisis.
The ministry insisted that the continuation of Saudi Arabia’s racist harassment and acts is related to Qatar, and this is not the case with other Muslims in the world.
The statement emphasized that Saudi Arabia continues to disagree with sending pilgrims through ground routes, in addition to direct flights from Doha to Jeddah. This has caused the elderly Hajjis and ill people suffered on Hajj pilgrimage.
The ministry called on Saudi Arabia to separate religious rituals from political conflicts, especially in those Mubarak days.
According to the history, once Al-Saud dominated the Saudi Arabia, has always been the subject of a harsh attitude to the pilgrims of the house of God, including the Yemeni pilgrims.
One of the most painful killings that al-Saud forces carried out against the Yemeni pilgrims occurred in 1922, during which the Abdul Aziz Al Saud army massacred 29,000 Yemeni Hajis in the Tnomeh district of Asir and looted their property; in the same year that al-Saud was dominated on Saudi Arabia.
The Yemeni pilgrims are always complaining of the atrocious behavior of the Saudi authorities in a way that accuses the Yemeni people of polytheism and forbids them from pilgrimage to the Prophet’s grave and confiscates their books.
While Saudi Arabia committed the worst massacre in 2015 for the Yemeni people, on the other hand, it has deprived 18,000 Hajjis from the pilgrimage of the house of God and pilgrimage to Hajj in this year.
Abdul Rahman al-Qalam, deputy director of the Yemeni Hajj and Endowment Organization, said that in 2016, Saudi Arabia was preventing the Yemeni people from fulfilling the Hajj, so that the Ministry of Endowment pursued this issue in several letters to the Saudi Hajj Ministry in 2016, but with no answer.
Palestinians outside the Palestine territories
Earlier last year, Saudi authorities banned the Palestinians from Arab countries from the Hajj and Umrah travel, and conditioned that they should receive a special permit from their self-governing organization.
It is worth mentioning that Palestinian pilgrims from Gaza can go to Hajj.
The Ministry of Endowment, having issued a statement on its website, has emphasized that Saudi officials still deprive Syrian citizens of their Hajj’s permission.
This Syrian entity has stated that this is happening for the seventh consecutive year.
Syria’s Endowment says that according to the verse”, the condition of being able to go to Hajj in not possible, since the pilgrimage to Hajj has been manipulated by the Wahhabi political authorities of Saudi Arabia.
The Syrian Ministry of Endowment, through its foreign ministry, has repeatedly complained the OIC and the Saudi Hajj Ministry.
Analysts believe that, given the Saudi policy of Saudi Arabia’s pilgrimage, the Saudi regime does not have the right to ban Hajjis from paying dividends.
The administration of the Holy Prophet (s) and the hajj period are the natural right of Muslim people and if the regime does not have the ability and competence to administer this divine right, a strict demand from the Islamic countries for strict, correct administration in accordance with the status of Muslims is necessary.
In the end, it should be recalled that Saudi Arabia appears to have put in place cooperation with the United States and Israel through the use of Hajj’s mandate.