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Arab News and Hajj: Covering the greatest gathering on Earth

Time: April 20, 2019  

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  • Arab News ran more than 300 news stories on the 2018 Hajj season
  • The paper also launched the 2018 version of its smartphone Hajj app for pilgrims to use

JEDDAH: Arab News has a tradition of covering Hajj “but 2018 was a little different,” its editor-in-chief Faisal J. Abbas said.

The newspaper’s focus last year was on the human aspect of Hajj and followed the touching stories of people from around the world.

Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English language daily, ran more than 300 news stories on the 2018 Hajj season. These ranged from news stories, investigative reports and features, to exclusive interviews with top Hajj and Umrah ministry officials. All were intended to provide up-to-date coverage of an event considered to be one of the biggest gatherings on Earth.

All types of human interest stories were present on its Hajj pages. The newspaper carried the story of Jordanian mother who gave birth to a baby boy at Jabal Al-Rahma Hospital in Arafat.

On the other hand there was a suicide at the Grand Mosque that went viral, with fevered online speculation about what happened and who was involved. Arab News was there moments later, a report confirming the incident and giving more details.

The paper also launched the 2018 version of its smartphone Hajj app for pilgrims to use.

“We planned special coverage to showcase the award-winning redesign of our newspaper and expand online capabilities, including a Facebook partnership and an enhanced Hajj app with our signature tracker, which enables pilgrims to connect with their loved ones back home,” said Abbas.

The free app for iOS and Android devices has new and enhanced features, including live news updates.

The Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) sponsored the Hajj app. The partnership with MWL is part of the body’s global outreach efforts to serve all Muslims.

The latest release of the app features several functions for use during Hajj season, including safety features such as an emergency call number and a list of embassies and important service providers during Hajj.

New features include a digital Qibla compass, a real-time currency converter, a media gallery, Hajj information and Qur’an prayer audio files.

The app also features improvements to the tracker function. The feature, which is optional, allows users who activate it to share their location and follow families and friends in real-time, around the clock.

Arab News Jeddah bureau chief and head of the Hajj coverage team, Mohammed Al-Sulami, said the aim of this initiative was to provide a useful and free service for pilgrims on their spiritual journey.

“Our mission is to make Arab News more global and more digital, and the Hajj app – thanks to the generous support of the MWL – does just that by providing a live news service and helpful, easy-to-use functions that every pilgrim can benefit from,” he said.

The MWL commended the newspaper’s initiative of deploying technology for the public good.

“We are happy to renew our partnership with Arab News and our support of this app, which reinforces our position as an umbrella body seeking to serve Muslims worldwide,” the MWL said.

Arab News also teamed up with Facebook to put up 360-degree live videos of pilgrims.

The Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Mohammed Saleh bin Taher Banten, endorsed cooperation efforts between Arab News and Facebook.

As almost 2 million people gathered in Makkah for the 2018 Hajj, Arab News and the tech giant cooperated in the transmission of live broadcasts using 360-degree video technology.

“We introduced it in 2017 and it was a big success, but we wanted to do something for those who couldn’t make to Hajj this year,” head of Arab News’ digital transformation, Eslam Refaat, said.

He added that Arab News believes that technology has even more potential to enhance the annual pilgrimage. Technology has allowed millions worldwide to follow Hajj through the official Arab News-Facebook page.

Banten said his ministry was pleased to endorse the cooperation between Arab News and Facebook because it enabled news about the pilgrimage to reach a wider audience.

People around the world would be able to see how Hajj was performed, and the “array of services” provided by the Saudi government under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he added.

“Our endorsement of this cooperation comes out of our ministry’s belief in the importance of utilizing new technology … enabling us to show the world the blessed efforts (in serving pilgrims).”

The minister was presented with an official Arab News press jacket, and saw the complimentary umbrellas the newspaper distributed to pilgrims.

“We provided pilgrims with extra coverage – literally. Through our corporate responsibility program, we handed out free Arab News umbrellas to shade people from the blazing hot August sun,” Abbas said.

He briefed the minister, his deputy Abdul-Fattah bin Sulaiman Mashat, and other members of the ministry about the newspaper’s ongoing digital transformation plan. He said the newspaper’s cooperation with Facebook ensured that Arab News was able to broadcast stories to previously unattainable audiences.

Head of regional media partnerships at Facebook, Fares Akkad, said the collaboration followed the success of the live broadcasts of Taraweeh prayers on Arab News’ Facebook page during Ramadan, which he said were very popular.

“Hajj is a unique event, and we are aware of its importance to millions around the world. Therefore, we are delighted with this collaboration, which enables more people to participate in this blessed event. These efforts are part of our commitment to regional communication, particularly in Saudi Arabia,” Akkad said.

Arab News published a series of special reports from the Kingdom and around the world on Hajj rituals, as well as offering 24-hour coverage through its digital platforms and Pakistan-focused website. It was also keen to reach a wider audience through conducting interviews with famous Muslims who were performing Hajj.

US Olympian Ibtihajj Muhammad, who performed Hajj last year, was among them. It was an experience she would never forget, she told Arab News.

The paper was the first media outlet to conduct an exclusive interview with the Hajj minister, who revealed that the holy sites would undergo a significant facelift in the near future.

“There is a comprehensive, integrated plan to develop Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat altogether. This massive project will see more services for pilgrims and increased capacity, safety and security to ease their Hajj performance.”

Arab News also published a book, “Hajj 2018: Covering the Journey of a Lifetime.”

The 55-page book, which sheds light on the efforts made by the Arab News team during its Hajj coverage, has reached diplomats, ministers and prestigious personalities.

“This book is an extension of our special Hajj coverage, which we hope would tide you over until we return for the journey next year, when you can count on our team to have even more in store,” said Abbas.

The book includes an introduction to Hajj rituals, a glossary, medical tips, statistics about the last seven Hajj seasons and written pieces from reporters who covered Hajj.

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Hajj and Umrah e-visas to be issued in minutes

Time: March 12, 2019

The electronic platform will include new services that will give non-Saudis access to the e-portal, where they can review service packages, choose a package and apply for visas electronically. (AFP/ File photo)
  • New service to boost number of pilgrims, says official
  • e-portal will allow pilgrims to review service packages and apply for visas electronically

RIYADH: Electronic visas for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims will be issued within minutes for various Hajj/Umrah campaigns and companies under plans by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

“Pilgrims who are coming from outside the Kingdom are tied to Hajj and Umrah service-providing companies and agents in order to obtain a visa. The electronic visas will be issued to these entities who will be licensed to facilitate Hajj and Umrah in these countries,” Abdulrahman Shams, an adviser to the minister of Hajj and Umrah and general supervisor of Hajj and Umrah’s electronic platform, said on MBC.

Shams said the electronic platform will include new services that will give non-Saudis access to the e-portal, where they can review service packages, choose a package and apply for visas electronically.

“We are working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior to issue visas electronically, within minutes of completing the required forms, and without the need for passports to go through embassies,” he said.

The move will help encourage greater numbers of pilgrims, he added. Saudi Arabia has issued over 4.33 million Umrah visas this year. The ministry’s move helps facilitate pilgrims’ journeys and minimizes pre-planning. Under Vision 2030, the Kingdom hopes to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims and provide them with top-class services.

In January, the ministry updated its online portal to support foreign pilgrims. Almost 1.1 million Muslims used the Maqam online portal in its trial phase last year, allowing them to choose between more than 30 companies providing travel and accommodations for trips to Makkah and Madinah.

The ministry has been discussing incorporating e-services since November 2018.

Abdulaziz Al-Wazzan, the deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, said the initiative aims to make visas more accessible to pilgrims, while also contributing to an increase in pilgrim numbers.

 

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1.4m Indonesians visit Saudi Arabia for Haj and Umrah annually

Time: February 26, 2019  

Indonesian Consul General Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin meets with journalists in Abha.

Saudi Gazette report

ABHA — As many as 221,000 Indonesian pilgrims perform Haj and more than 1.2 million come for Umrah every year, according to Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin, the country’s consul general in Jeddah.

“In all, more than 1.4 million Indonesians visit the Kingdom every year for Haj or Umrah alone,” he said.

The consul general, speaking during a visit to Abha recently, said 28 Indonesian students were accepted at King Khalid University in Asir as a first batch of Indonesians to study religious subjects at the university.

“These students, who are studying under scholarships provided by the Saudi government, will be followed by 200 other students,” Saripudin said hoping that the number of students from his country would further increase in all Saudi universities.

Saripudin described the relationships between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia to be historical and very close. “These relationships were further consolidated by the visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to Jakarta at the end of 2017,” he added.

“The strategic ties are continuously developing in all fields,” he said, adding that his country, which has a population of more than 230 million people, strongly supports the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform goals.

“The Kingdom is the heart of the Islamic world,” he said.

The consul general also visited the headquarters of Al-Watan Arabic newspaper and met with the journalists during his tour of the Asir region.

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Saudi Hajj ministry updates online portal for foreign pilgrims

Time: January 31, 2019

Almost 1.1 million Muslims used the Maqam portal in its trial phase last year. (Salman Al-Marzouki/AN photo)
  • The portal allows pilgrims to apply and compare services digitally before making their trip

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah launched a package of updates for their Maqam e-portal on Thursday, in a move to simplify pilgrimages for Muslim’s traveling from outside the Kingdom.

The Maqam portal is an online platform, designed so that Muslims from around the world can apply for an Umrah package digitally. It also compares the prices of competing service providers, checks the status of flights and bookings, and makes electronic visa applications, without the need to travel to an embassy.

It is aimed especially at Muslims traveling from non-Muslim countries, where access to organizations and information for making pilgrimages can be harder to access.

Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdul-Fattah bin Sulaiman Mushat said that the updates would simplify pilgrimages for the 30 million people visiting the Kingdom every year.

The site was updated by the Hajj ministry. (Supplied)

Almost 1.1 million Muslims used the Maqam portal in its trial phase last year, allowing them to choose between over thirty companies providing travel, accommodation and other necessities for the respective trips to Makkah and Madinah.

As well as making life easier for the pilgrims themselves, Maqam has also been a boost for local companies, allowing them to directly target pilgrims around the world with special offers and services tailored to their needs.

Maqam provides e-services in Arabic, English and French, and can be visited at: https://eservices.haj.gov.sa/eservices3

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Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Receives Minister of Hajj and Umrah

Time: January 06, 2019     

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy  Mosques and Governor of Makkah Region, met here today with Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Benten.

During the meeting, they reviewed the Ministry’s plan for this year’s Umrah season.

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British delegation praises help for Hajj pilgrims

Time: December 03, 2018

From Left: Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif; Seif Usher, British consul general; Lord Qurban Hussain, vice chair of the APPG; MP Yasmin Qureshi; and Rashid Mogradia, CEO of CBHUK, during the event in Jeddah. (Photo supplied)
  • British Consul General Seif Usher hosted a UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hajj and Umrah at the British Consulate in Jeddah
  • The parliamentary group was led by MP Yasmin Qureshi and Lord Qurban Hussain

JEDDAH: British Consul General Seif Usher hosted a UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hajj and Umrah at the British Consulate in Jeddah.

At a reception to welcome the group on Sunday, Usher said that the British government was committed to providing the best possible consular service to pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia each year.

“The British consular team works year round to ensure that British pilgrims have a peaceful and trouble-free pilgrimage,” he said.

The parliamentary group was led by MP Yasmin Qureshi and Lord Qurban Hussain.

Usher also extended a welcome to the Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj Affairs Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rashid Mogradia, CEO of the Council of British Hajjis, and all the other organizations and tour operators for their efforts to support British pilgrims,” the envoy said.

Qureshi said: “I would like to thank Seif Usher for hosting the cross-party group in Jeddah. It is important that we understand the issues facing British pilgrims on the ground when they are on Hajj and Umrah, and work closely with the British consulate and the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to address any issues so that people have a positive experience.”

Hussain highlighted the challenges, such as travel fraud, facing the UK Hajj and Umrah industry. He welcomed advances in technology to help pilgrims in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reforms.

Rashid Mogradia, CEO of the Council of British Hajjis, highlighted the work of the charity and the parliamentary group in educating pilgrims when booking a pilgrimage package.

Recent annual Hajj awards held at the Intercontinental Park Lane London had brought a positive outlook to the Hajj and Umrah sector, he said.

Al-Sharif accepted the award for the ministry’s eHajj system. The British consulate in Jeddah collected the best UK public sector award for services to British pilgrims. British Consul General Seif Usher hosted a UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hajj and Umrah at the British Consulate in Jeddah.

At a reception to welcome the group on Sunday, Usher said that the British government was committed to providing the best possible consular service to pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia each year.

“The British consular team works year round to ensure that British pilgrims have a peaceful and trouble-free pilgrimage,” he said.

The parliamentary group was led by MP Yasmin Qureshi and Lord Qurban Hussain.

Usher also extended a welcome to the Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj Affairs Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rashid Mogradia, CEO of the Council of British Hajjis, and all the other organizations and tour operators for their efforts to support British pilgrims,” the envoy said.

Qureshi said: “I would like to thank Seif Usher for hosting the cross-party group in Jeddah. It is important that we understand the issues facing British pilgrims on the ground when they are on Hajj and Umrah, and work closely with the British consulate and the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to address any issues so that people have a positive experience.”

Hussain highlighted the challenges, such as travel fraud, facing the UK Hajj and Umrah industry. He welcomed advances in technology to help pilgrims in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reforms.

Rashid Mogradia, CEO of the Council of British Hajjis, highlighted the work of the charity and the parliamentary group in educating pilgrims when booking a pilgrimage package.

Recent annual Hajj awards held at the Intercontinental Park Lane London had brought a positive outlook to the Hajj and Umrah sector, he said.

Al-Sharif accepted the award for the ministry’s eHajj system. The British consulate in Jeddah collected the best UK public sector award for services to British pilgrims.

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9 areas open for investment in Haj and Umrah sectors

Time: November 27, 2018   

Sara Al-Ayed

By Zain Anbar

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — Some nine areas of activity in the Haj and Umrah sector are available for investment by male and female entrepreneurs, Deputy Chairperson of the National Committee for Entrepreneurship at the Council of Saudi Chambers Sara Al-Ayed told Okaz on Tuesday.

A program is set to be launched in cooperation with the related authorities to acquaint entrepreneurs of these opportunities.

The opportunities are in fields like packaging, import and supply of food and beverages, public health, financial solutions, transport, crowd management, traffic flow control, travel and accommodation, waste management and housing, Al-Ayed said.

She expects growth in activities in digital economics including e-commerce, e-services, supply chain sectors, and logistics performance, among others.

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FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat, Saudi deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah

Time: November 21, 2018 

Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat
  • Mashat also served as the vice president for development of King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah
  • Mashat holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from KAU, as well as master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Leeds in the UK

Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat has been the Saudi deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah since his appointment in October 2017.

Previously, Mashat was the president of the University of Jeddah between June 2016 and October 2017.

He also served as the vice president for development of King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah for three years between 2013 and 2016. Moreover, he was the dean of admissions and registration, and director of the information technology center at the university.

During his tenure, he had a set of critical responsibilities at KAU where he worked for 11 years.

He played a key role in earning KAU a higher world ranking since he was responsible for KAU’s academic and strategic planning, international and institutional accreditations, institutional research, assurance and quality assurance.

He also served as a part-time consultant for the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques between 2004 and 2013 to develop the e-government systems.

Mashat holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from KAU, as well as master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Leeds in the UK.

The Hajj and Umrah Ministry organized an explicative forum on Monday for the Jeddah Prize for Creativity, under the title “Developing our cities for Hajj and Umrah.”

In his speech, Mashat highlighted the importance of Jeddah city as the pilgrim’s gate to Makkah. “Pilgrims feel comfortable when they arrive in Jeddah on their way to the sacred places. Jeddah combines originality, modernity, and cultures,” he said.

     

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Hajj Ministry’s new goal: Opening up pilgrims to Saudi historical, touristic attractions

Time: October 31, 2018   

Bentin was speaking at a workshop organized by the ministry in cooperation with the emirate of Makkah. (SPA)
  • The ministry has shifted its works to the unified electronic path and is following up feedback of the service providers and recipients

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammad Saleh Bentin urged Umrah companies to improve the quality of their services and announced the launch of new high-standard investment opportunities for companies operating in the sector.

“The real and sustainable gain is the dedication to serving pilgrims,” he said.

Bentin highlighted the professional environment that provides the best services to pilgrims to enrich their experience from arrival to departure after having completed their rituals. He was speaking at the first workshop organized by the ministry to present and discuss the Umrah sector strategy under Vision 2030.

Bentin said that the program for serving pilgrims aims to facilitate arrival procedures for Hajj and Umrah visitors. He stressed that giving the opportunity to a larger number of companies improves competitiveness in services and allows for a wide range of excellent options.

The minister said all sectors of the country are keen to invest their potential, services and workforce in serving pilgrims. “Serving Hajj and Umrah is a national responsibility shared by all,” he said.

Bentin said that the sectors are endeavoring to serve pilgrims and enrich their Hajj and Umrah experience by introducing them to the many historical places and Islamic monuments and by creating a suitable environment.

He also underscored the importance of providing information, using technology and preparing quality initiatives that reflect the attention and care accorded by the Saudi leadership to pilgrims and visitors.

He said the ministry aims to issue Umrah visas throughout the year and without stopping during the Hajj season.

The ministry’s undersecretary, Abdul Aziz Wazzan, presented the Umrah-specific goals, the current Umrah figures and statistics, and the challenges of the sector. Then he presented the main areas in which the strategy and executive plans will operate to improve the quality of Umrah services to suit the growing number of pilgrims and reach efficient procedures through electronic platforms.

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Qaradawi: Politics is more important than Hajj!

August 31, 2018

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

This year’s Hajj was one of the most successful and distinguished Hajj seasons as it is evident via the testimony of more than two million pilgrims and the praise of Arab and international media outlets and via the astonishing development of the services provided to the pilgrims. In spite of this success and distinction, political disputes dominated the minds of some people, especially in Iran and Qatar.

No matter how much the Muslim Brotherhood members study sharia, they could never be considered jurists because their understanding of Islam differs from what Muslims have known for centuries. The Muslim Brotherhood and political Islam jurists have jumbled up the priorities as while Islam focuses on faith and worship, they can only understand this religion from an angle of politics and partisan interests.

The tutor of terror

One of the most striking examples of this mindset is demonstrated by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has adopted the Qatari nationality and who is considered one of the most important Qatari weapons for spreading chaos and terrorism around the world via his extremist fatwas, violent political positions and incitement to kill and destroy.

After the four Arab countries boycotted Doha, the latter continued to adopt its stubborn and arrogant approach. Hence it went in the direction of Iran and Turkey and sought to find any means to support terrorism and extremism. This is what Qatar did after the anti-terror quartet put it under international scrutiny to monitor its relations with terrorism in Sunni and Shia countries, and this is why Qatar attacks everything related to these four countries as for example it went as far as preventing its citizens from performing Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam, with the threat of imprisoning and punishing them.

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In order to satisfy and align with the Qatari policy, Qaradawi wrote a tweet in which he underestimated the fifth pillar of Islam and people condemned it. He justified the Qatari move of preventing citizens from performing the obligatory religious duty. This is normal for Qaradawi and political Islam jurists. They prioritize the interest of the party and the organization over Islam. To them, Islam is a means to grab power and authority.

Agent provocateur

When he was a young member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Qaradawi wrote a poem in which he praised Abdel Meguid Hassan, the killer of Mahmoud El Nokrashy Pasha. The poem which the Brotherhood youths echo says:

“Respect and salutations to you Abdel Meguid,
you have become a role model for the youth
You poisoned a dog and another dog came after him
and for every dog we have someone to poison him”

Qaradawi then fled from Abdulnasser’s oppression to Qatar. He played a dangerous role in many of the Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the Gulf. After the Vilayat-e Faqih revolution in Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and Qaradawi supported it, and when the Brotherhood-Iranian axis of resistance was formed, it was supported by Qatar and Qaradawi.

Qatar established the International Union of Muslim Scholars for him to compete with traditional religious institutions. It gave Qaradawi millions to gather followers across the world and in the virtual world. Qatar sought to announce him as a religious reference that resembles the Vilayat-e Faqih reference in Iran to a great extent.

Qaradawi was one of the most famous figures to have who allowed suicidal operations and encouraged youths to execute such operations. All violent religious militias emerged after the issuance of his fatwas — starting with Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram to ISIS and dozens of terrorist militias who kill Muslims and peaceful people around the world. He fully supported the terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah and the terrorist Hamas Movement in splitting Palestinians and exploiting the Palestinian cause in order to serve Iran and its axis of resistance.

His bloody and terrorist ideology was fully exposed at the onset of the fundamentalist spring, which is known as the Arab Spring. At that time, Qaradawi seemed to have lost his balance and his terrorist voice grew hoarse. He went to Egypt and hijacked Tahrir Square under the protection of the Muslim Brotherhood.

There he talked about fundamentalism and extremism and spoke of an agenda that had not occurred to any mind there. He started to issue provocative remarks and unfounded fatwas based on the Brotherhood’s concepts which believe that taking over power is religion’s most important pillar and that restoring the Islamic Caliphate is the most important duty.

Purveyor of violence

During this ominous ‘Spring’, Qaradawi was live on television when he issued a fatwa to kill Muammar Gaddafi and encouraged everyone around him to kill him. This reflected a shameful compliance with the Qatari policy which was in support of terrorism and its groups in Libya at that time. Qaradawi thus issued this fatwa without any hesitation. Any true jurist, however, that has nothing to do with politics and its games would have never done so.

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The ominous ‘Spring’ was a significant stage that exposed the jurists of political Islam, its groups and movements as this is when they realized that their time has come, and they must emerge to the surface and grab power in every country they operate in. Their political statements and positions started to become clear, and this cautioned countries and governments to the real danger represented by the Muslim Brotherhood and its branches across Arab countries and the world.

Interpreting Islam by making politics its core and main duty is a pure concoction of the Muslim Brotherhood, an approach that has never been seen in the history of Islam. It all started with Hassan al-Banna who manipulated religious texts to serve his project, organization and group. At one time, he denounced politics and at another he made it central in his rhetoric.

Any serious researcher can track his contradictory statements on politics and religion, as well as his praise of fascism and Nazism. He established the secret organization and ordered assassinations of politicians, judges and figures who opposed him. Yusuf al-Qaradawi is one of his disciples and group members who resumed the path after him to spread terrorism and extremism.

Qaradawi has lured a lot of the unspecialized intellectuals to his fold by issuing some tolerant fatwas on sub-jurisprudential matters. Some of them thus saw him as a symbol of tolerance and simplification. However, Qaradawi’s equation is clear, simplification on sub-jurisprudential issues and extremism in politics. Qaradawi is an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology in general but he became one of the major symbols of this movement.

Qaradawi is the Brotherhood’s bard of modest talent. Whoever reads the poems in his book Nafahat wa Lafahat or any of his other books would not miss the extremism and terrorism in his writings from his famous ‘Nouniya’ poem till his last poem. They are all highly provocative and incite terrorism and destruction.

Finally, Qaradawi and his ilk are mere cogs in the wheel of the Muslim Brotherhood which only finds in Islam what serves its political project.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Abdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi is a Saudi writer and researcher. He is a member of the board of advisors at Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center. He tweets under @abdullahbjad.

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