Saudi Arabia rejects calls of politicising Haj

Haj is worship and civilised behavior

MAKKAH 9 August 2017: Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah region and Chairman of the Central Haj Committee has affirmed the Kingdom’s rejection of all calls aiming at politicising and internationalising Haj, noting that Haj is a worship and civilised behavior.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, he pointed out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s leadership, government and people are keen to provide all potential to serve pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors to perform their rituals with ease, calling on pilgrims to be ethical and civilised models for Muslims.

In response to a question on the State of Qatar’s campaigns calling for the politicisation and internationalisation of Haj and trying to reduce the role of the Kingdom in providing services to pilgrims, he said, “The answer is in the title of Haj campaign that Haj is a worship and civilised behavior, and there is no politicisation of Haj.”

By Rajive Singh