When did Saudi Society Lose its Compassion?
Sabreena Razaq Hussain: In Mecca I saw little of Islam’s compassion, but a lot of Saudi Arabia’s neglect. I am grateful to be alive after a distressing Hajj experience – and urge all Muslims to protest about the inhumane treatment of pilgrims. Radical change is needed.
“The manners and communication skills of the stewards and police deployed in and around the mosque were deplorable” wrote Sabreena Razaq Hussain in The Guardian.
There are numerous other distressing experiences I could relate, as most pilgrims can. But the insistence of some that the deaths of hundreds of people represented God’s will and were therefore unavoidable is something I refuse to accept. I believe Islam is based on reason: unless you have done everything you can within your means to actively avoid a bad situation, you cannot use the excuse of it being God’s will.
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