Saudi Arabia Uses Hajj Money To Pay For The War In Yemen; Religious Scholars
A Tunisian religious scholar has called on the government to discourage people from performing the Hajj pilgrimage over Saudi Arabia's regional wars.

In a statement published on Monday, The Union of Tunisian Imams called on the Grand Mufti of the Republic to discourage pilgrims from traveling to complete the Hajj this year.

The reasons for the offering is said to be the high costs of the trip and the fact that the money is used by Saudi Arabia to pay for its wars against other Muslim nations.

In an interview on Saturday with news website Arabi21, General-Secretary of the Union of Tunisian Imams, Fadhel Ashour, said that: “The money that goes to Saudi authorities [from the Hajj] is not used to help poor Muslims around the world,” Ashour said.

“Instead it is used to kill and displace people as is the case currently in Yemen,”

The Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the five pillars of Islam and all Muslims who are able to must perform it at least once in their lives.

Saudi Arabia has long been accused of using the money of Hajj in the aggression against Islamic countries such as Syria and Yemen, which is contrary to Sharia.

According to reports from human rights groups, More than 10,000 Yemenis have been killed and 53,000 wounded since a Saudi-led coalition started the war in Yemen. Also, it is estimated more than 2,200 others have died from cholera and millions are on the verge of famine in what the United Nations says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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