Islam as Sanction: Saudi Arabia bars Syrians from annual Muslim Hajj
September 19, 2012 (TSR) – Saudi Arabia has barred Syrians from entering the country to perform the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage, Syrian state media, SANA said Tuesday, marking the latest break between the two Arab nations.
The Higher committee for Pilgrimage in Syria said that the pilgrimage (Hajj) will be halted this year as the Saudi Ministry of Pilgrimage didn’t issue the Hajj agreement in its date and due to a failure to reach consensus with the Saudi authorities.
In a statement issued Monday, the Committee said that “Despite the committee did all needed procedures for the Pilgrimage season for the year 1433H, 2012 AD as the Saudi Pilgrimage Ministry didn’t issued the agreement in its date.”
The Syrian committee “took all necessary steps for the 2012 hajj season, but the relevant ministry in Saudi Arabia did not sign the accord as it does every year,” SANA said.
The hajj to Mecca — the world’s largest annual human assembly — is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be performed at least once in a lifetime by all those Muslims who are able to.
- The Hajj route in and around Mecca.
The Annual Hajj at Mecca
Saudi’s recent move would be the latest in a string of measures adopted by Wahhabi Riyadh against the Alawite government of Syria.
Syria has been fighting off “outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups” causing unrest being orchestrated from abroad since March 2011.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and several other Arab countries with USA are funding and arming terrorists groups fighting against the Syrian government.
The violence fomented from the unrest has claimed the lives of hundreds of people, including many security forces.