Council of Senior Scholars of Saudi Arabia: No Hajj without a permit

Riyadh, April 27, 2024

The Council of Senior Scholars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia confirmed that the obligation to obtain a Hajj permit and adhere to the directives of visitors to the Holy House of God is in line with the principles of Islamic law and serves the religious and legal interest. This confirmation came in light of the statement issued by the authority today, after a review by representatives of the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, and the General Authority for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, who explained the challenges and risks that may result from not respecting the rules for obtaining a permit.

The Authority clarified that it is not permissible to travel to perform the Hajj without obtaining prior permission, noting that this is considered a violation of Sharia directives and its perpetrator is considered at risk of sin. She also stressed that the Hajj permit comes within the framework of regulating the numbers of pilgrims to ensure the safety and ease of performing the ritual, which serves the public interest and achieves the principles of Islamic Sharia.

In another context, the Authority called on all Muslims to fear God Almighty, especially the devotees heading to perform the Hajj rituals, to adhere to the regulations and directives specified by the competent authorities, in order to ensure the safety, ease and success of this great ritual.

From: Fez News website

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