Unlawful Haj ‘unacceptable’

FOOLPROOF SECURITY: Agencies in Jeddah join the “911” unified call center of security operations room in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 20 August 2016
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Unlawful Haj ‘unacceptable’

RIYADH: Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, who is also the chairman of the Council of Senior Scholars, has warned those who are planning to perform Haj using unfair means.

Criticizing fraudulent ways, he said it is absolutely wrong to hoodwink security forces by crossing Haj checkpoints in normal dresses and then donning the ihram in the holy city.
The injunction is specifically aimed at undocumented domestic pilgrims who try to sneak into the holy city every year.
He said those pilgrims this year must be those who performed Haj in the past not less than five years ago.
He explained that a large number of pilgrims arrive for Haj and the government has made arrangements in such a way that there is no stampede and all pilgrims complete their rituals without hassles.
Al-Asheikh said entering Makkah without a permit is against the rules and that it is important to abide by the regulations.
He said it was the duty of every individual to boost security by following the guidelines issued by the authorities.
He stressed that the decision to allow only documented pilgrims in Makkah was taken keeping in view people’s interests. He said violating the rules is unacceptable.
Al-Asheikh said Haj, one of the five pillars of Islam, is mandatory for every Muslim, provided he or she fulfills required conditions for performing the pilgrimage.


Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

Updated 24 April 2019
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Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

  • “We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said
  • Delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Russia for an official visit

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said the Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism and disrespect international laws at the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

“We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said adding that “Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction and bloodshed, and by supporting the militias of Hezbollah and Houthis.”

“Houthi militias continue to violate the resolutions of the Security Council and the Stockholm Agreement, ignored UN resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative…our goal is to achieve stability for Yemeni citizens under a legitimate government,” he said.

The deputy defense minister also said that the Kingdom is witnessing today an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the vision 2030.

A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.