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"Senior Saudi Scholars": Restricting Hajj to citizens and residents preserves human lives

The General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars in the Kingdom has supported what was announced by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah at the Hajj Palace this year 1442 AH for citizens and residents inside the Kingdom, with a total of 60,000 pilgrims due to the continuing developments of the Corona virus pandemic and the emergence of new developments in it in the world.According to a press release of the embassy.

She said: "The legal texts, objectives and universal rules indicate the necessity of preserving one's soul and that this is one of the Islamic legal purposes, such as the Almighty's saying: (And do not kill yourselves, for God has been merciful to you) and His saying, Glory be to Him: (And do not throw yourselves into destruction with your own hands).

She explained that for this reason came the correct and explicit texts that indicate the necessity of guarding against epidemics, and to make all the reasons that lead to reducing their spread, such as his saying, peace and blessings of God be upon him: “A nurse should not enter a clinic,” agreed upon from the hadith of Abu Hurayrah and his saying, peace and blessings be upon him: “Flee from a leper as you would flee from a lion.” Narrated by Al-Bukhari from the hadith of Abu Hurairah, may God be pleased with him.

She pointed out that the Islamic Sharia came to make the reasons that lead to the non-transmission of epidemics and diseases from one country to another or to reduce it. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “If you hear of a plague in a land, do not enter it, and if it falls on a land while you are in it, do not leave it.” Agreed upon from a hadith Osama bin Zaid, may God be pleased with them.

She added: “Given what the specialists have decided that gatherings are the main cause of transmission of infection in light of what the world is witnessing from the Corona pandemic and its mutations, and that reducing these gatherings is the best solution until God authorizes the rise of this epidemic, what the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided It is considered a successful and responsible decision that is required to be taken in order to preserve human lives, and to carry out the duty of responsibility towards this great ritual “the obligation of Hajj” and towards the Sacred Mosque and the holy sites, in accordance with the Almighty’s saying: My home is for those who circumambulate, those who are worshiping, and those who are bowing and prostrating.