World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's Minister of Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Mokhtar Gomaa has backed Saudi measures to ban political campaigning during the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage.
In a Friday statement, the minister said that political campaigning during the pilgrimage was against Islamic teachings.
"Saudi authorities have the right to take whatever measures they see fit to prevent political campaigning during hajj and to ensure the safety of the pilgrims," he added.
Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi have called for flashing the now-iconic yellow Rabaa sign during hajj, due to start later this month.
The four-fingered salute has come to symbolize perseverance and steadfastness in memory of hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators killed in the violent dispersal of their sit-in in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in mid-August.
Mokhtar rejected calls by Morsi's backers for Egyptians not to sacrifice animals (Udhiya) during Eid al-Adha, a major Islamic festival which is set to start on October 15.
He said that the purpose of the Udhiya is to alleviate the suffering of the poor.
On Thursday, Maj. Gen. Saad Bin Abdullah Al-Khelaiwi, Commander of Hajj Security Forces, said that Saudi Authorities would firmly counter any attempts to spoil the pilgrimage season.
Governor of Makkah province Khalid al-Faisal, who also heads the Central Pilgrimage Committee, said on Wednesday that the Saudi government opposed what he called the "politicization" of the pilgrimage.