Saudi Arabia Says Won’t Tolerate Unruly Behavior During Haj


The Kingdom will not tolerate — as it did not do in the past — any activity that undermines Haj rituals.

Any conduct contrary to regulations and directives in place for the pilgrimage will be dealt with firmly.

Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee Prince Mohammed bin Naif reiterated it during his meeting with the Supreme Haj Committee members at his office in Jeddah.

Prince Mohammed called upon visitors and pilgrims to dedicate full time during the pilgrimage to worship and to refrain from resorting to sloganeering and actions contrary to the teachings of Islam that would disturb the Haj rituals.

Prince Mohammed spoke to the committee about the specific directives and keenness of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to provide the best services and facilities to pilgrims.

He said all sectors and state agencies concerned with Haj and pilgrim affairs are fully prepared to carry out their tasks, particularly the security sector which will provide maximum safety to pilgrims, and deal firmly with any misconduct.

Saad Orabi Al-Harthy, adviser to the interior minister and secretary-general of the Supreme Haj Committee, said officials discussed a number of topics on the meeting’s agenda, including alternatives to increase the capacity of Mina and personnel requirements for the service of pilgrims during the season.

He said the committee also discussed the development of support services for Al-Haramain and Al-Hijra roads, which link Makkah and Madinah, the development of road transport projects for pilgrims, and the progress of the Two Holy Mosques High Speed Train.

He said relevant and appropriate recommendations and decisions were made in line with the directives of King Salman to excel in services provided to pilgrims and visitors and ensure their safe return.

Arab News

Arab News is Saudi Arabia's first English-language newspaper. It was founded in 1975 by Hisham and Mohammed Ali Hafiz. Today, it is one of 29 publications produced by Saudi Research & Publishing Company (SRPC), a subsidiary of Saudi Research & Marketing Group (SRMG).

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