Illegal pilgrims flood the Prophet’s Mosque



MADINAH: ARAB NEWS

Published — Saturday 3 November 2012

Last update 3 November 2012 4:29 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

The number of illegal pilgrims squatting in the plaza of the Prophet’s Mosque is causing problems of nightmare proportions and is beyond control of the ministry.
Muhammad Al-Baijawi, director of the Madinah branch of the Ministry of Haj was touring the area around the mosque in anticipation of a large influx of pilgrims to the mosque after the completion of Haj in Makkah.
Al-Baijawi said, “The huge number of illegal pilgrims is blocking service to foreign pilgrims. They occupy the courtyards of the mosque without any system or order.”
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, chairman of the Central Haj Committee, reported the number of illegal domestic pilgrims reached 1.4 million during Haj this year.
Al- Baijawi said more than 50,000 foreign pilgrims came on individual visas without any arrangements by Haj service companies. Haj regulations stipulate a foreign pilgrim can only come if a licensed Haj service company in the Kingdom provides their accommodations and service arrangements.
More than 32,510 licensed pilgrims arrived in Madinah and 750,000 pilgrims are expected to visit the Prophet’s Mosque over the next two weeks. To date, 1,017 pilgrims have returned to their countries from Madinah.
Egyptian pilgrims numbering 17,174 topped the list of pilgrims currently visiting the city, followed by 2,451 Turks and 2,242 Jordanians.
One attraction for pilgrims, licensed or illegal, who want to visit other religious sites in Madinah is the Uhad mountain illumination. At night the mountain which is closely associated with early Islamic history, appears to be covered in a blanket of snow. The authorities lifted the ban on visiting the mountain at nighttime. The illumination undertaken by the municipality starts from the King Abdullah intersection with Airport Road and continues eight kilometers up to the Prince Naif road. Powerful lamps decorated with colorful lanterns flood the mountain with light.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

Arab News Editor in Chief Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi hosted a banquet for editors in chief of local print and online publications, Shoura Council members, representative of the Ministry of Culture and Information, prominent writers and columnists in Je...
JEDDAH: Health workers from Riyadh’s National Guard hospital would not be allowed to perform Haj this year, or work at the holy sites, the Ministry of Health has announced.Hail Al-Abdali, head of the ministry’s infection control unit, was reportedly...
RIYADH: Construction on the multibillion-riyal Riyadh Metro is well under way with several giant drilling machines working overtime to ensure that underground tunnels for the project are completed on schedule.The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA)...
JEDDAH: Officials from the Saudi Ministry of Haj have been holding meetings with their counterparts from Arab and South Asian nations in preparation for this year’s pilgrimage.Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Nafei, assistant deputy minister of Haj and in char...
RIYADH: Four polling stations in Tabuk have stopped registering voters for the Dec. 12 municipal elections in the region.Ibrahim bin Ahmed Al-Ghabban, undersecretary at the Tabuk municipality and member of the local committee for the election of a mu...
JEDDAH: Many prospective candidates running for seats on the country’s municipal councils have been using Twitter to boost their election campaigns.Many have been using religious expressions in their messages, such as “In the name of God,” and “If He...
DAMMAM: There has been a flurry of activity on the Kingdom’s highways as service companies race to meet the Jan. 19 deadline for the revamp of dilapidated gas stations.The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has previously handed out rehabilitati...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Germany have signed an agreement on mutual protection of classified information to provide a legal framework for enhanced cooperation in the defense sector. The pact was signed by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Aish, assistant mini...
JEDDAH: While Saudi Arabia has now arrested the main suspect in the 1996 bombing of the Alkhobar Towers residence at an American military base in the country, the hunt continues for three others, according to reports in the local media on Thursday.Ah...
AL-AHSA: Located in the western part of Al-Qara Mountain is a workshop for the pottery industry, molding clay in plastic forms that are given permanency by the use of intense heat. This art form became one of the major attractions in Al-Ahsa Archaeol...
RIYADH: A newborn baby boy, who appeared to be just hours old, was found lying in the grass, covered with a blanket, in an abandoned field in Jazan on Tuesday morning.According to local residents, a family passing by heard the baby crying and rushed...
TAIF: Several schools in Taif have recorded a lack of schoolbooks for primary and intermediate classes for the first time in 15 years, a local publication reported.This has resulted in many boys and girls not turning up for classes. A source said tha...
RIYADH: Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani said that directives from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to protect the rights of citizens and public properties are being strictly implemented.“All legal measures are being taken to hold accou...
RIYADH: Najran region has retained its veritable unique cultural heritage and attractions, which include old mud buildings constructed some 300 years ago.While the laid-back ambience in many areas is gone due to modern life brought about by contempor...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, under Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s wise leadership, has witnessed an accelerated pace of economic growth with improved living standard of its people, says Uzbekistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Alisher Kadirov....

Stay Connected

Facebook