Saudi Bans Hajj But Encourages Foreign Tourism for Entertainment, Music

Very sad and disturbing news about the Saudi government’s restriction of hajj.

Reuters:

Saudi Arabia announced Saturday this year’s hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement by the kingdom comes after it ran an incredibly pared-down pilgrimage last year over the virus, but still allowed a small number of the faithful to take part in the annual ceremony.

A statement on the state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted the kingdom’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry making the announcement. It said this year’s hajj, which will begin in mid-July, will be limited to those ages 18 to 65.

Those taking part must be vaccinated as well, the ministry said.

Who gave this Saudi government the right to block the Ummah from performing hajj and umrah?

فِيۡهِ اٰيٰتٌ ۢ بَيِّنٰتٌ مَّقَامُ اِبۡرٰهِيۡمَۚ  وَمَنۡ دَخَلَهٗ كَانَ اٰمِنًا ​ؕ وَلِلّٰهِ عَلَى النَّاسِ حِجُّ الۡبَيۡتِ مَنِ اسۡتَطَاعَ اِلَيۡهِ سَبِيۡلًا ​ؕ وَمَنۡ كَفَرَ فَاِنَّ اللّٰهَ غَنِىٌّ عَنِ الۡعٰلَمِيۡنَ

In it, there are clear signs and the station of Abraham; whoever enters it becomes secure. Pilgrimage to the House is a duty owed to Allah by all who can make their way to it. As for those who refuse to follow His command, surely Allah does not need anything. (Quran 3:97)

Hajj is an obligatory duty upon every Muslim who can afford and can perform it.

Last year, the Saudi government reduced the number of pilgrims to about 1,000 Saudi citizens and residents, after banning Muslims from around the world.

Meanwhile, Europe is currently hosting the Euro Cup in its full swing, with people traveling from all over the world to attend. Similarly, South America is hosting Copa America with the full presence of an international audience.

International concerts and sporting events are taking place at full capacity around the world despite the “pandemic,” but Muslims are banned from making hajj because… why?

Hajj Is Cancelled But Foreign Tourists Welcome

What makes Saudi’s hajj ban even more indefensible is that the government is actively trying to draw more foreign tourism.

The Saudi propaganda website, Arab News, just recently announced that, not only is “entertainment” resuming in 2021, it is going to be “twice as big.”

ArabNews:

Saudi tourism and entertainment seasons are set to return in the fourth quarter of 2021 with more excitement and larger-scale events, Visit Saudi by Tourism Authority announced on Sunday.

Saudi is trying to create “larger-scale events” for entertainment, while restricting hajj.

The launch of the new Saudi Seasons is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan to enrich the lives of Saudis and expats, enhance the quality of life, promote different tourist destinations and highlight cultural, entertainment and sports treasures in the country. […]

In 2019, Saudi Seasons contributed to advancing social and economic growth across the country through a diverse calendar of events and activities with more than 390 key events.

They explicitly are trying to spur economic growth through tourism from foreigners. But they don’t want conservative Muslim foreigners performing hajj. They want liberal Western foreigners attending music festivals, like 2019’s appropriately named BEAST festival.

But it’s not just music festivals. It’s also luxury car shows.

ArabNews:

After a 10-year absence, the Riyadh International Motor Show is all set to return in 2021. The event will take place in December this year at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center.

How can the Saudi government justify their blatant double standard?

With more than 50 companies and brands from across the globe rolling into the Saudi capital, petrolheads and car buyers will be able to witness car launches, including debuts and revamped editions of bestselling models, and much more, at the four-day mega show, which runs from Dec. 16 to 19, 2021.

They celebrate kuffar coming to Saudi to party and chase luxury while making excuses about a “pandemic” to shut down the Ummah’s access to Mecca and Madina.

This is an insult and slap in the face of Muslims who just want to visit the country for the purpose of completing the pilgrimage and fulfilling the duty given to us by Allah سبحانه وتعالى, not to mention the massive loss of opportunity to pray and make dua in the two most blessed places on earth.

The question is, when will the Saudi government lift these unjust, evil restrictions? Or are they planning to permanently hold the Ka`ba and Masjid al-Nabawi “hostage”?

Allah is the One who guards His holy sanctuaries and He is the One who will rectify all affairs.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. “Meanwhile, Europe is currently hosting the Euro Cup in its full swing, with people traveling from all over the world to attend.”

    I’m from Europa and restrictions are definitely still in place. You can also clearly see stadiums not being occupied to full potential.

    The situation is slowly moving towards normalcy, but it absolutely isn’t what is used to be like.

    Authorities here are saying that hopefully at the start of september all restrictions will be lifted.

      • I was reacting to the “full swing” part. This simply is factually incorrect.

        Saudi is planning to open up in de last quarter (oct. nov. dec). of this year which is way past hajj season.

        This part is rather misleading:”Hajj Is Cancelled But Foreign Tourists Welcome”

        The actual artical says:

        “Saudi Arabia plans to soon reopen to foreign tourists, a senior tourism official said on Monday after the kingdom announced the lifting of quarantine restrictions for certain foreign arrivals.

        The kingdom announced late on Sunday that non-citizens arriving from certain countries and who were fully vaccinated against or recently recovered from COVID-19 would no longer be required to quarantine in designated government hotels.

        […]

        STA Chief Executive Fahd Hamidaddin told Reuters the kingdom would reopen to foreign tourists this year with an announcement expected to be made “very soon.”

        Hamidaddin declined to say exactly when.”

  2. Reminder . Defend Quran and Sunnah guidelines not regimes that follow the Pedophiles, Cabalists and Evil doers. How will you stand in front of Allah with conscience.

    • Sigh. This fitnah of criticising muslim leaders when there is a CLEAR HADITH against it is super serious!!! it is not “defending regimes”! it is DEFENDING QURAN AND SUNNAH!! Do you imagine that you are angrier and more dissapointed in the misdeeds of muslim leaders than the people of the sunnah? The Prophet SAW clearly stated “hear and obey even if they take your money and whip your back”!. we have also been prohibited from speaking publicly against them, cursing them or making dua against them. so is this bootlicking i ask you in the Name of Allah? This culture of protesting and rebellion, did we get it from Nabi SAW, the Sahaba and Salaf? or is this a tradition of modern democracy and secularism?
      Anyway, there is nothing i love than being hated and abused because of defending the sunnah, it just pains me because many well intentioned muslims fall into this mistake of speaking against Saudi and other Muslim countries rulers thinking they are “defending the Quran and Sunnah” i mean ask yourself, unless you know that a muslim works for Saudi or is part of the ruling class, what personal gain is there to defend any particular muslim leader? Ironically i used to be their biggest opponent now look at me! lol, Alhamdulillah. Perhaps one day my friend Allah Might Make the Hikmah behind this ruling Clear To you and then you will be another lone voice in the midst of an angry Ummah sick of the injustice lol. when actually our sins are the cause 🙁

      • Why do you forget that in the time of Hadhrat Umar Radhiyallahu Anhu and many of the khulafa, the general masses would not only complain against the leaders but would also take them to “court”.

        Yes to court. Because that is how humble and muslim centred the khulafa were

        Secondly the hadith refers to a Khalifa or a leader appointed by the khalifa. Not puppet governments like Saudia who have been put in place by the zionists and so forth.

        Open your eyes and don’t selectively quote Ahaadith without taking the context into consideration.

        You talking about salaf. The khulfa were the greatest salaf. Read their lifestyles and see how they ruled over the muslim ummah.

      • Brother, which planet did you fall from? You are not reading the right kitaabs, who gave these bootlicking, tinpot Saudi government the authority to restrict the muslims,they need to check their imaan for doing what they’re doing?and if you are hurting,then take a proper dose of the kalima, and you’ll be able to think properly.

  3. This made me cry, I’m so heartbroken and ashamed, ya Allah please grant us righteous Muslim leaders who act in your cause

  4. I cannot understand or probably do not know why Saudi regime has to ban pilgrimage and allow tourists? This what was the policy of abu-lahab and abu-sufian.
    It is high time Muslim world should be wide awake from deep slumber.

  5. Daniel may be you are more aware than me about NEOM sin city which is part of vision 203. Like you said Allah will rectify it. And Soon incha Allah

  6. We will follow the Saudi Leadership as far as they followed and respect the Sunnah of our Hoky Prophet of Allah and Allah Himself. But if they decided to deviate from the teachings of Islam (as they are not Ma’sums) believe me even Allah and His Noble Prophet Muhammad (saw) will curse whoever follow or even supported them in going against Islam. This is the stand of Islam. My question here is that is it really True that Haram Musics and Haram Club gatherings are now allowed in Saudi Arabia ? Thank you.

  7. May Allah Ta’ala’s curse be on these puppet regimes and bootlicking dogs, that are following in the footsteps of those people who don’t have an imaam,and make dogs their imaams, and don’t know how to make proper istinjaa

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