The Yemen Scholars Association has condemned the Saudi decision to prevent all non-Saudi Muslims from performing the Hajj, calling on scholars of the Islamic nation to weigh in, consult and issue a collective fatwa condemning “the Saudi regime’s betrayal of God, His Messenger and the sanctuaries.”
“We stand against the decision of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of the unjust Saudi regime, which announced for the second year in a row, with boldness and insolence, to prevent the performance of Hajj for those coming from outside the Kingdom,” the association said in a statement on Sunday.
The statement of Yemeni scholars added that this decision is condemned and rejected, as it “represents a witness and evidence of the deviation and immorality of the Saudi regime and the fall of its mandate over the Holy Mosque.”
“What the Saudi regime practices in explicitly blocking the Holy Mosque and engaging in political, doctrinal and sectarian exploitation of the Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, is enough to hold it accountable,” the statement added.
The Yemeni scholars emphasised that being silent on the unjust practices of the Saudi regime and ignoring its suspicious decisions that identify with Zionist goals and projects, would be a crime and an evil that will surely bring punishment and divine retribution.
The scholars stressed that the decision to ban Hajj represents a service to the agendas and projects of the US and Israel.
Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that this year’s Hajj pilgrimage, one of the sacred duties of all Muslims, will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, and will only be allowed for inhabitants of Saudi Arabia.
The announcement marks an even bigger restriction that the one placed on Hajj last year, when the kingdom still allowed a small number of the worldwide faithful to take part in the pilgrimage.