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Leading Malaysian Muslim scholar: Politicizing the Hajj is unacceptable

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Kuala Lumpur – Dr. Fath al-Bari Yahya, head of the Khair Umah Foundation in Malaysia, denounced the false news promoting the establishment of an institution under the name of “The International Organization for the management and Control of the Two Holy Mosques in Malaysia” explaining that it is unacceptable to politicize the Hajj pilgrimage.

In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya, Dr. Yahya said that: “We have closely collaborated with 50 Malaysian associations to release a statement repudiating the alleged news about the establishment of any organization under the name of “The International Organization for the management and Control of the Two Holy Mosques in Malaysia.”

He added that spreading such news is a “disgraceful” act in Malaysia.

“Everyone is aware of the efforts of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to ensure a successful Hajj season. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia always organizes meetings and workshops to hear the proposals and ideas of all the Islamic countries about the Hajj,” he added.

He continued saying that politicizing the Hajj in order to acquire political gain and spread conflicts as unacceptable.
“Do not come to Malaysia if you are trying to ruin the relationship between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia,” he told Al Arabiya.

No papers or proofs

He condemned the campaign led by some Arab media suggesting that this organization is established in Malaysia, while there are no official papers or evidence in the government records or the appropriate organism,” saying “please, keeps Malaysia away from your conflicts.”

He asserted that “Malaysia respects the two holy mosques and doesn’t accept any attempt to politicize the Hajj. We as Malaysians look up to the Arabs as a model and an example to be followed in religion and work. We hope to unite so that the entire Islamic Nation can too.”

Over 46 Malaysian Islamic associations issued a statement refuting the alleged creation of any component under the name of The International Organization for the management and Control of the Two Holy Mosques in Malaysia, describing the news about this organization as false.

The Malaysian Islamic Associations has closely followed the alleged news about the establishment of this alleged body, broadcasted by many news channels and websites, mainly Al-Jazeera. The same media bodies have reported the establishment of a legitimate body with powers to monitor the administration of the two Holy Mosques.