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Saudi using media campaign against Qatar: AHW

Saudi using media campaign against Qatar: AHW

Tribune News Network
Doha
The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim Places, Al Haramain Watch (AHW), has accused the Saudi Arabia’s govt and its Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, for ridiculing the feelings of all Muslims around the world, especially the pilgrims.
For three years in a row, it said, Saudi Arabia has forbidden pilgrims from performing Islamic rituals such as Hajj and Umrah, restricting them and creating fake sites to register outside the formal cooperation between the two countries and obstructing those who decide to go for Hajj alone through the roads. AHW said Saudi Arabia is politicising Hajj and Umrah and using it in the media campaign against Qatar.
In the past, the commission has received many complaints from Qatari citizens and the suffering they faced at the hands of the Saudi administration. The pilgrims returned without performing rituals because of the politicization of Islamic rituals and Saudi’s exclusivity in the management of Muslim places, which is the right of all Muslims in the world, it added.
AHW said thousands of Qataris and residents in Qatar are waiting for the removal of obstacles for performing holy Islamic rituals freely.
The commission has renewed its demand to involve Islamic institutions and governments in the management of Islamic rituals in Saudi Arabia, especially the Umrah and Hajj, because the manner in which the Saudi govt has been misusing the Islamic rituals and to ensure the highest degree of transparency, integrity, impartiality and fairness.
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 aims to achieve its objectives 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.

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