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Pakistani council of scholars issues ethical controls for Hajj, Umrah pilgrims

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The Pakistani Ulema (scholars) Council issued a statement specifying the ethical controls which pilgrims and visitors of the holy sites in Saudi Arabia must abide by.

The council called on pilgrims not to discuss controversial issues and to keep away from political meetings and not chant any political slogans.

It also requested women, old men and weak people to pray in the same place or in neighboring mosques when they are in congested areas.

The statement called on pilgrims to abide by Saudi Arabia’s rules and commit to the guide’s directions and called on young men in the hajj mission to aid the elderly and the sick.

Pilgrims were also recommended not to take any medication without a doctors’ prescription.

They were also asked to fully cooperate with security forces in the kingdom and to commit to their guide’s directions during the stoning of the devil ritual.

The council’s chief Tahir Ashrafi told reporters that the enemies of the Muslim nation dare insult the Two Holy Mosques which represent the nation’s symbol of unity, adding that Muslims who intend to perform hajj must understand the situation and fully cooperate with Saudi security forces.

Ashrafi said if Pakistani pilgrims face any problem or have any complaint, they must speak with the unit which the Pakistani ministry of religious affairs established with the ministry of hajj in Saudi Arabia, adding that the council also formed a commission to take Pakistani pilgrims’ and visitors’ complaints.

Ashrafi added that training sessions supervised by the council will be held for hajj and umrah performers.