OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen.
Jeddah (UNA-OICf) – Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen congratulated Saudi Arabia’s government, led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, President of the Islamic Summit, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, on the successful end of the Hajj season.
Al-Othaimeen emphasized that the Kingdom’s government has given a lesson in crisis and crowd management, as it managed to organize the Hajj rite amid the crisis of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic without registering any infection among the pilgrims.
He noted that this success was achieved, after success granted by Allah Almighty, thanks to a series of right decisions and actions taken by the Kingdom since the outbreak of the pandemic, starting with the suspension of Umrah and the visit of the Noble Prophet’s Mosque, and ending with the decision to organize the Hajj rite in accordance with strict health precautions, and participation of a limited number of pilgrims, in order to ensure the safe performance of the rite, and to keep everyone safe from the threats of the coronavirus pandemic.
The OIC chief stressed that the Kingdom achieved, during this year’s exceptional Hajj season, the principle of preserving human life, which is one of the five necessities of the Islamic Sharia purposes. He added that the strict decisions and measures taken by the Saudi government are based on the current health data and the long-established jurisprudential rules, which are consistent with the legitimate licenses that Allah Almighty has prescribed to His servants when it is difficult to perform acts of worship or rituals.