Today, Tuesday, the Saudi authorities announced the arrest of a Yemeni who claimed in a video clip that he performed the Umrah for the soul of the late British Queen Elizabeth II.
The video clip, in which the Yemeni appeared in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, sparked a great controversy on social networking sites in Saudi Arabia, which prohibit the raising of any political or sectarian banners or slogans during the performance of Hajj or Umrah.
And the Saudi Public Security Agency announced, in a statement posted on Twitter, that the Special Force for the Security of the Grand Mosque had arrested a resident of Yemeni nationality who appeared in a video clip carrying a sign inside the Grand Mosque, violating the regulations and instructions for Umrah.
The Special Force for the Security of the Grand Mosque arrested a person who appeared in a video clip carrying a sign inside the Grand Mosque pic.twitter.com/PrwCywSsFw
— Public Security (@security_gov) September 12, 2022
In the video clip, the duration of which does not exceed 20 seconds, the man appeared in Ihram clothes, carrying a white banner that read by hand, “Umrah for the soul of Queen Elizabeth II, we ask God to accept her in heaven and among the righteous.”
And he added: We ask God to place her with His righteous servants. We ask God to place her soul in Paradise.
The arrest of a Yemeni resident who photographed himself performing Umrah for Queen Elizabeth pic.twitter.com/CbmRztKyRl
– Trend (@Trendnews) September 12, 2022
It is not permissible in accordance with the provisions of Islamic law to perform Hajj or Umrah on behalf of non-Muslims.