An important statement from the Ministry of Interior
God, the Almighty, says in His Holy Book:
"And proclaim the pilgrimage among men: they will come to you on foot and (mounted) on every sort of camel, lean on account of journeys through deep, distant mountain highways, so that they participate in benefits (provided) for them, and celebrate the name of God through appointed days".
One such time every year a happy occasion comes to the Muslims that gladdens their hearts and minds. Their eyes are turned towards the Holy House of God and the Holy Lands. In this atmosphere that is filled with the ties of faith that bind the citizens of this country with their Muslim brothers, preparations are made for receiving the Guests of God, when all possible efforts are exerted that befit the noble aim and the honor of the guests. This is in order to achieve the atmosphere befitting the pilgrims of the Holy House of God who have undertaken the journey from the corners of the world, prompted by righteous intention and coveted hope.
On the basis of the divine order to perform this religious rite both the people and government of this Kingdom understands that great hardship and the exerted efforts made by their brothers in Islam in order to perform one of the fundamental duties of their sublime religion.
Therefore, everyone tries to provide all means that help the pilgrims of the Holy House of God to achieve their aim, and to perform their rites easily and comfortably, preventing every thing that may either affect the atmosphere of devotion and worship for which they have come, or hurt their feelings, their brotherhood, and the sanctity of their aim.
This Ministry has noticed that some of the arrivals hopefully bona fide God willing or to utilize this noble occasion bring with them books, pictures, and pamphlets of political propaganda, or ideological content that may leave a grudge with some and hurt the feeling of others, the thing which is incompatible with the noble purpose of the pilgrimage.
Therefore, the Ministry of Interior, in accordance with the instructions it has received, would like to draw the attention to such things which are completely and absolutely forbidden. It hopes that the Guests of God are given the opportunity to perform their pilgrimage in complete devotion, and not to try to divert them from their worship for which they have come here. While emphasizing this the Ministry of Interior hopes that all will abide fully by these directions, for violators will be liable to punishment and will be turned back to where they came from. Also, anyone who is found possessing any of these forbidden things of whatever nature will receive punishment and be subject to regulations in force in the Kingdom, with no leniency or forbearance.
It is the responsibility of this Ministry to maintain security for the pilgrims and the citizens alike and see that the land of this Kingdom remains an oasis of blessing and safety to anyone seeking the Holy House of God or visiting the Noble Prophet's Mosque.
This Ministry, while fully explaining this to all comers, wishes at the same time to remind them of God's saying:
"The pilgrimage has months well-known. If any undertakes that duty herein, let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, not wrangling in the pilgrimage. And whatever good you do, God knows it. And take a provision (with you) for the journey. But the best of provision is right conduct. So fear me, I, you that are wise".
It is God who grants providence and guides to the right path.
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