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Saudi Fatwa Council Mandates Hajj Permits for Pilgrims


Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Scholars has issued a fatwa banning the performance of Hajj without an official permit. This decree, endorsed by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, stresses the critical need for prospective pilgrims to strictly adhere to established regulations and guidelines.

The decision, made in collaboration with various governmental bodies including the Ministry of Interior and the General Authority for the Care of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, is motivated by concerns surrounding the risks and challenges associated with undertaking the pilgrimage without proper authorization.

Emphasizing the importance of obtaining a permit, the fatwa underscores its significance within Islamic law. Not only does it facilitate the smooth execution of worship and rituals mandated by Sharia, but it also serves as a mechanism for maintaining order, safety, and managing the influx of pilgrims to prevent overcrowding and potential stampedes.

The issuance of permits is not merely a procedural requirement; it is a reflection of compliance with Islamic teachings. The Council of Senior Scholars asserts that obtaining a Hajj permit is not only a legal obligation but also an act of faith and obedience. Those who fulfill this responsibility will not only evade legal consequences but will also be rewarded spiritually for their adherence to Islamic principles.

By obtaining a permit, pilgrims contribute to the seamless delivery of services essential for a fulfilling Hajj experience. This includes logistical support, accommodation arrangements, and crowd management measures, all of which are vital for ensuring the safety and well-being of pilgrims during their journey.

In essence, the ban on performing Hajj without an official permit serves as a reminder of the importance of following established procedures and regulations in fulfilling religious obligations. It underscores the commitment of Saudi authorities to uphold the sanctity and integrity of the Hajj pilgrimage while safeguarding the welfare of pilgrims.

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