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Yemeni man arrested for wanting to perform Umrah on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II | merdeka.com


Merdeka.com – Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested a man who claimed to be performing the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca on behalf of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The Yemeni man yesterday uploaded a video on social media showing himself in the Grand Mosque, Makkah.

In the video he holds up a banner that reads: Umrah for Queen Elizabeth II. May Allah accept him in Paradise and among the believers.

The video went viral on social media in Saudi. Twitter users called for the man to be arrested.

Saudi Arabia has banned Umrah or Hajj pilgrims from carrying banners or shouting slogans.

Although it is permissible to perform Umrah or Hajj for Muslims who have died, this does not apply to non-Muslims such as Queen Elizabeth.

Security forces at the Grand Mosque “arrested a Yemeni national who appeared in the video footage carrying a banner inside the Grand Mosque for violating the Umrah rules,” said a statement published by state media yesterday.

Saudi television stations showed the incident from the controversial video with the banner obscured.

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