Hajj and the rights of Qatari citizens

Mohammed Al-Hammadi
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The Qatari regime’s continuous bickering with the anti-terror Quartet is nothing new but what is really new, and strange, is its determination to harm the interests of the Qatari people and to further exploit them during the ongoing crisis.

All talk about injustice and claims that the boycott has affected the Qataris are now meaningless and worthless as the entire world understands that the Qatari regime’s problem is not with the boycotting countries. Instead, they lie within as the regime fights whoever does not act according to its schemes and harms whoever intends to dissociate themselves from the crisis.

The issue pertaining to Hajj has been raised again this year after it was exposed last year, and became clear to all, that Saudi Arabia did not prevent any Qatari pilgrim from performing Hajj. On the contrary, Qatari pilgrims’ affairs were facilitated and they were looked after.

The narrative built by Qatar was negated by testimonies of Qatari pilgrims and by what the lying Qatari media claimed by twisting facts. Everyone thus learnt that this was a desperate and miserable attempt by the Qatari regime to exploit Hajj and politicize it.

Now as this year’s Hajj season approaches, Qatari media outlets have begun to publish provocative reports that distort facts – something that does not at all suit Muslims and people of the region.

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All disputes have their limits and certain matters should be kept out of them, such as Hajj and other religious matters. However, it is clear that the Qatari regime has lost the compass in terms of everything.

It is important for the Qatari regime to understand that by intimidating its citizens and threatening them if they want to perform Hajj, it would be depriving them of their basic right to practice their religion. This is not consistent with Islamic laws morals and provisions.

It is important for the Qatari regime to understand that by intimidating its citizens and threatening them if they want to perform Hajj, it would be depriving them of their basic right to practice their religion

Mohammed al-Hammadi

Incitement to strife

Instead of preventing its citizens from performing Hajj, we were hoping it will stop the electronic army it had hired from resuming its destruction and incitement of strife among Arab people and spreading lies and rumors.

The most recent rumors are reports published by media outlets that are supported by Qatar such as the report published by the Lebanese daily al-Akhbar about UAE-Omani relations.

The report included lies that aim to sabotage the relation between the two brotherly countries. These attempts are now exposed as the extent of Qatar’s involvement in destroying the region get clearer by the day.

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The Bahraini Ministry of Interior said on Saturday that it tracked fake online accounts that are managed from Qatar and that work on harming relations between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The Qatari regime must remember that the Qatari people’s performance of Hajj in Mecca is a right and they must not be prohibited from practicing this great religious ritual for any reason whatsoever. As for the Qatari regime’s “Hajj to atone” its political mistakes and sins, then it’s in Riyadh and the atonement door is open!

This article is also available in Arabic.
Mohammed Al-Hammadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper and Executive Director of editing and publishing at the Abu Dhabi Media Company. He founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic magazine, and has held numerous positions in journalism since joining Al Ittihad in 1994. Al-Hammadi has been a columnist for more than 15 years, including writing a daily column for seven years and producing a weekly political column in Al Ittihad since 2001. He has also worked as a parliamentary editor for seven years, covering the proceedings of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to being an active participant on social networks, Al-Hammadi has an interest in new media and is currently working on a project to ease the transition from traditional to digital and smart media. Al-Hammadi has received numerous awards and is a member of a number of organizations and federations. He features regularly in broadcast media as a regional political commentator and has authored several books including Time of Ordeal (2008), The UAE Democracy (2009) and The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood (2016). Twitter: @MEalhammadi.

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