Saudi Wahhabi monarchy has failed to win the trust of Islamic world in Hajj 2016 because only 1.3 million Muslims from foreign countries went to perform Hajj, a sharp decline from over 3 million pilgrims in the past.
According to the Shiite News Monitoring Desk Reuters report on Haj slowdown Saudi business was an eye-opener for the supporters of the Wahhabi kingdom around the world but Reuters story ignored the most important aspect of this story is the trust deficit.
Majority of the Muslims willing to perform Hajj expressed no trust in Saudi monarchy’s Hajj policy in which they made holy sites a no-go area for Syrians, Yemenis, Iranians and Lebanese due to these countries anti-Zionist struggles. Decline in the number of Hajis (Haj pilgrims) vindicated the position of Sunni and Shia Muslims around the world including Iran that Saudi monarchy lacks ability to run the affairs of holy sites in Mecca and Medina.
Due to Saudi monarchy’s mismanagement, thousands of pilgrims were killed last year during Hajj rituals. But, Saudi monarchy didn’t accept the genuine demand for a fair inquiry and accountability of those involved in that tragedy.
Saudi monarchy broke-off all sorts of relations with Iranians making it nearly impossible for them to perform Hajj in a respectable manner hence Iranians negotiated with them to make alternate arrangements for Iranians to perform Hajj but Saudis wanted Iranians not to perform Hajj because they raise slogans against the world arrogant powers and also chant death to Zionism/Israel.
Reuter story says: The number of visitors from abroad has fallen by around 20 percent and the number from within Saudi Arabia has fallen by half, said Marwan Abbas Shaaban, head of the kingdom’s National Committee for Haj and Umrah. Overall, haj-related business was down by half, he said.
Those who are still coming have less to spend, said Ali al-Hirabi, who hawks gleaming gold necklaces and rings from a shop in the holy city. “They come, but their situation isn’t like it was when there was peace in the world,” he said. “It’s the Arab countries that are the problem.”
Saudi Arabia itself and many of its Arab neighbours are suffering from the fall in global oil prices that has cut state budgets, lowered wages and reduced lavish domestic spending. War across the Middle East has also hit the haj.
Officials give a variety of reasons for the declining visitor numbers. One of the most obvious is a boycott by Iran, which barred its citizens from attending this year’s haj after diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia collapsed following the Saudi execution of a Shi’ite cleric.”
As a matter of fact, Reuters correspondent failed to get a true reason for that. Saudi monarchy and allied Sheikhdoms launched war on Yemen on their own and neither Iran nor Ansarullah Movement provoked them to do so. At the behest of the United States administration, they backed takfiri terrorists against the pro-Palestine Arab nationalist regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. They denied legitimate inalienable fundamental rights to the majority of Bahraini people who long for democracy.
Thanks to Muslim Ummah who expressed no trust in the anti-Islam policies of the puppet Arab regimes of Sheikhdoms of Persian Gulf.