World Bulletin / News Desk
Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that it would not allow political slogans to be used during the pilgrimage season, which is expected to kick off in the country's holy sites in a matter of days.
"Behavior that spoils the pilgrimage atmosphere, endangers the lives of the pilgrims or distracts these pilgrims away from their main pursuit will be totally prevented," Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz said.
"All security agencies will work to prevent any behavior that contradicts the pilgrimage ritual and arrest those who make it," he was quoted by the official Saudi news agency as adding during an inspection tour of preparations for the new pilgrimage season.
He said there was no room for political or ideological slogans during the holy pilgrimage ritual.
Saudi Arabia expects to receive this year millions of Muslims from different parts of the world who will go to the country to perform the annual pilgrimage ritual.
The ritual is the fifth pillar of the Islamic religion, one that must be performed by financially-capable Muslims.
But the pilgrimage [called Hajj in Arabic] season comes this year amid deep divisions across the Arab world and an international campaign against the ISIL, a militant movement that had overrun major territories in both Iraq and Syria.
The Saudi Interior Minister said his country had taken measures to prevent its nationals from joining the militant group.Last Mod: 29 Eylül 2014, 14:52