Damascus, SANA – Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) affirmed that the Saudi authorities continue to deny Syrian citizens the right to perform Hajj this year because of the politicization of this Islamic duty.
In a statement on Monday, the ministry said that the requirement to perform pilgrimage is not ensured because this duty is being “politicized by the wahhabi Saudi authorities despite the Ministry’s repeated contacts with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Saudi Ministry of Hajj in this regard through the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry.”
The statement dismissed the “political and financial exploitation” practiced by the Saudi authorities against some individuals through some tourism offices in Lebanon as they are investing “one of the great pillars of Islam” through the so-called “Syrian High Hajj Committee” which is affiliated “to the enemies of the homeland”.
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