The announcement might anger people, particularly international visitors and Muslims who traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah during the holy month of Ramadan.
Rabat – Head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais has called on local and international visitors to avoid crowding the Grand Mosque in Mecca during the last ten nights of Ramadan, the most blessed days of the holy month.
During the last teen days of Ramadan, Muslims from all over the world converge to Mecca and Medina, site of the two holy mosques to perform Umrah.
Praising Saudi Arabia’s royal family, Al Sudais said that Muslims in the area should cooperate to secure the success of the three summits convened by King Saudi Arabia this month.
The summits, scheduled from May 30 to June 1, are convened by the Saudi King who called for urgent Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and Gulf Cooperation Summits.
Saudi Arabia stated that the urgent meetings will take place to discuss “aggressions and their consequences” in the region.
Al Sudais justified his controversial argument, emphasizing that his advice is in line with Sharia law as the number of worshippers increase at the Mecca mosques.
In addition to Su Al Sudais, Saudi Gazette also published a statement from the traffic security authorities who “urged the public to use alternative routes for vehicular traffic” in Jeddah and Mecca during the emergency summits.
The news outlet quoted Assistant Commander of the Umrah Security Forces for Traffic Affairs Mohammed Al-Bassami, who urged the public in Jeddah and Mecca to “fully cooperate with the security and traffic authorities.”