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Saudi authorities emphasizes compliance with rules and safety regulations ahead Hajj 2024

Saudi authorities emphasizes compliance with rules and safet

The 48th Grand Hajj Symposium, held in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, stressed the importance of adhering to religious concessions and complying with regulations during Hajj. 

The event, attended by over 500 scholars and thinkers, including Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq Al-Rabiah and Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh, highlighted the Kingdom's responsibility in caring for the Two Holy Mosques and pilgrims.

Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh emphasized, "Pilgrims must cooperate with security authorities and obtain a pilgrimage permit, as failing to do so is a sin according to Shariah. We urge all pilgrims to follow the rules and regulations to ensure their safety and the success of their Hajj journey."

Al-Rabiah stressed the need for pilgrims to be aware of available services and regulations, including the "No Hajj without a Permit" national awareness campaign. 

He said, "We have put in place various services to facilitate the Hajj journey, and we urge all pilgrims to take advantage of these services and comply with the regulations."

Lt. Gen. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Bassami, director of public security and chairman of the Hajj Security Committee, warned that those without permits would face arrest, fines of up to SR10,000 ($2,666), and deportation. 

He said, "We will prevent anyone who dares to compromise the security of Hajj, the sanctity of the holy sites, or the safety of the nation. Our eyes and centers are prepared to handle anything that may disturb the tranquility of pilgrims."

The symposium also showcased the use of technology, including artificial intelligence and surveillance cameras, to ensure pilgrims' safety. 

Al-Bassami announced the use of a new system that tracks pilgrim numbers at Jamarat Bridge, overseen by security personnel. He said, "Artificial intelligence is now a vital component, not just an option, for ensuring security during the Hajj season."

The Nigerian delegation, led by Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju, appreciated the reliefs offered by the Saudi authorities for the comfort of all pilgrims. 

Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo, representative of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), in his presentation, said, "As it is in Islam to accept reliefs offered by the religion in the performance of rites, especially with reducing the four-part prayer to two for pilgrims during certain times and also merging the two prayers, so it is the reliefs offered and put in place by the Saudi authorities for the comfort of all pilgrims."

As Hajj rites begin on June 14, the emphasis on compliance with rules and safety regulations aims to ensure a smooth and convenient experience for pilgrims. The Saudi authorities' efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for all pilgrims have been appreciated by scholars and pilgrims alike.

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