Would a Muslim who is an Israeli citizen be allowed to visit Saudi Arabia for Hajj even though SA does not recognize Israel as a state?

Updated on : January 20, 2022 by Angelique Byrd



Would a Muslim who is an Israeli citizen be allowed to visit Saudi Arabia for Hajj even though SA does not recognize Israel as a state?

Israel actually has a 25% Muslim population (citizens of Israel) and they absolutely have the right to perform Hajj. They live under the flag of Israel just like other Muslims live in India or other non-Muslim countries… That should not prevent them from performing the hajj. What Saudi Arabia would do is beyond anyone's imagination. They can allow them simply because the Saudis do what the Americans tell them to do. They may also show hostility just to show anger, but that anger is only used on the Muslim population of those countries. A white Jewish Israeli citizen may have better luck in Saudi Arabia.

In simple answer: NO. It is because, under Israeli law, there are around 16 countries that are designated as an 'enemy state' and as a result, no Israeli citizen can travel to those countries unless they obtain special permission from the Israeli Ministry of the Interior. However, if Israeli citizens have dual citizenship, they could travel to these countries with their other passport without any restrictions.

In a reciprocal deal, the aforementioned 15 countries also treat Israel as an 'enemy state' and therefore Israeli citizens are prohibited from entering any of these listed countries.

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In simple answer: NO. It is because, under Israeli law, there are around 16 countries that are designated as an 'enemy state' and as a result, no Israeli citizen can travel to those countries unless they obtain special permission from the Israeli Ministry of the Interior. However, if Israeli citizens have dual citizenship, they could travel to these countries with their other passport without any restrictions.

In reciprocal treatment, the aforementioned 15 countries also treat Israel as an 'enemy state' and therefore Israeli citizens are prohibited from entering any of these countries listed below:

Algeria

Bangladesh

Brunei

· Iran

Iraq

Kuwait

Lebanon

Libya

Malaysia

Oman

Pakistan

· Saudi Arabia

Sudan

Syria

Yemen

Another point to note is that if a citizen who is allowed to enter both Israel and any of the countries listed above shows an Israeli immigration stamp in their passport, they will automatically be barred from entering the 16 countries listed above. To explain this, I will give an example from one of my friends. She is an Indian national. In 2007, he went with his family to Jerusalem to visit the religious sites. Since there is no air connectivity to Israel from the UAE (as stated in the reasons above), they had to travel via Amman (Jordan). From there, they took a tour bus along with other pilgrim visitors to Jerusalem. Once they reached the Israeli border, they were stopped by Israeli soldiers (whom my friend described as tall, robust and with a strong accent). They checked all the passports of the passengers; travel itinerary; return trip details, etc. In the case of my friend, since she was an Indian citizen but resided in the United Arab Emirates (she had the Residence Permit stuck in her passport), the Israeli officials completed the immigration formalities and, instead of stamping the passport, stamped in a blank page and handed it to him and asked him to present the page upon leaving Israel. It is because even they were aware of the situation that if the Israeli stamp were noted in his passport, he would have been banned from entering the UAE. Since she was an Indian citizen but residing in the United Arab Emirates (she had the Residence Permit attached to her passport), Israeli officials completed the immigration formalities and instead of stamping the passport, stamped it on a blank page and handed it to her. He turned in and asked him to submit the page when leaving Israel. It is because even they were aware of the situation that if the Israeli stamp were noted in his passport, he would have been banned from entering the UAE. Since she was an Indian citizen but residing in the United Arab Emirates (she had the Residence Permit attached to her passport), Israeli officials completed the immigration formalities and instead of stamping the passport, stamped it on a blank page and handed it to her. He turned in and asked him to submit the page when leaving Israel. It is because even they were aware of the situation that if the Israeli stamp were noted in his passport, he would have been banned from entering the UAE.

EDITION September 1 to 27, 2020: Please note that an Abrahamic agreement was signed between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain. United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on September 15, 2020 at the White House in the United States. The signing of this agreement was chaired by the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

The objective of this agreement is to recognize the importance of maintaining and strengthening peace in the Middle East and throughout the world on the basis of mutual understanding and coexistence, as well as respect for human dignity and freedom, including religious freedom. . The signatory nations will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors and begin cooperation across the board and in a wide range of areas, including tourism, education, health, trade and security. The agreement was signed when Israel formally announced that it will not annex the proposed 30% West Bank territory. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the third and fourth countries after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994) to sign this peace treaty.

Therefore, in a short period of time, we can expect that the citizens and residents of the UAE and Bahrain will directly travel to Israel in the normal process without suffering from the situation as mentioned in the previous answer.

More information about EDIT 1: -

Standardization Agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates - Wikipedia

The Abrahamic Accords - United States Department of State

Thanks for the A2A, Miriam Khan. I don't know if I can add something to the others who have already answered, but I will answer as they asked me.

I was born in Saudi Arabia and I think it was a privilege. The 10-year-old could leave home at a late hour and return safely. At school, the tough teachers showed a personal interest in their students' lives and well-being. The teachers weren't "just doing their job." Rather, they would go out of their way to meet personally with the parents of intelligent children or those who are struggling.

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Thanks for the A2A, Miriam Khan. I don't know if I can add something to the others who have already answered, but I will answer as they asked me.

I was born in Saudi Arabia and I think it was a privilege. The 10-year-old could leave home at a late hour and return safely. At school, the tough teachers showed a personal interest in their students' lives and well-being. The teachers weren't "just doing their job." Rather, they would go out of their way to meet personally with the parents of intelligent children or those who are struggling.

Things don't just stop there. It is common for Saudis to go out of their way to help you with directions or a broken down car on the road. I remember going to Mecca with my family and my father asked a local for directions. The local asked us to follow his car. He drove about 30 minutes from his destination just to help us. This would NOT happen in the East or the West.

The religious police have a strong presence overall, even after their arrest power was taken. They operate closely with the regular police and there is rarely a conflict between the two. I should point out that I have never in my life dealt with the religious police. NEVER. Obviously, they are not after people who go about their daily lives, but I must mention that I lived in Jeddah, where the religious police concentrate their efforts on mixing genders and tracking down drug dealers.

The judicial system is quite independent from the power of the royal family. Many people would point out that the court often passes lighter sentences for those related to the royal family, but this is the case for the wealthy in almost any country. This shouldn't be the case, but it's not as tragic as some critics of the Kingdom would suggest. Furthermore, more work is being done today to guarantee blind justice. Consider this, the courts have handed down death sentences on people from the royal family.

The justice system used to be based solely on Sharia and the judge's judgment, but now there is a greater emphasis on precedent, which should help stabilize the system and make it easier for lawyers to defend their clients. Courts rule in favor of men only to the extent that Sharia recommends it, and the same is true of women. For example, a child of divorced parents stays with the ex-wife by default. This is the law that governs against men according to Sharia (as understood by the Saudi religious body).

Women are allowed to work in general, but they are not allowed to be field engineers or mechanics and things like that (understood).

I don't think I have missed much of the world by being Saudi; rather, I just feel like I had an advantage over the others.

"Since Saudi Arabia is normalizing relations with Israel and says that the Temple Mount is not important to Islam, will they have the third temple built?"

I'll break this down in a moment ... but the answer is absolutely NO.

First question: who are "they"? Do you expect Saudi Arabia to build a Third Temple, Israel or Islam? (Saudi Arabia has no authority over the Temple Mount. Israel has repeatedly made it clear that they will not clear the Temple Mount to make room for a Temple. And it seems Islam wants the Dome of the Rock and the Mosque of al. -Aqsa stay exactly where you are,

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"Since Saudi Arabia is normalizing relations with Israel and says that the Temple Mount is not important to Islam, will they have the third temple built?"

I'll break this down in a moment ... but the answer is absolutely NO.

First question: who are "they"? Do you expect Saudi Arabia to build a Third Temple, Israel or Islam? (Saudi Arabia has no authority over the Temple Mount. Israel has repeatedly made it clear that they will not clear the Temple Mount to make room for a Temple. And it seems Islam wants the Dome of the Rock and the Mosque of al. -Aqsa stay exactly where you are, thank you.)

The Third Jewish Temple will not be built anytime soon, if ever, for the following reasons:

  • Israel doesn't want it. (Judaism has been without a temple for nearly two thousand years, longer than it had in the first place, and it would be extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, to turn back the clock now.)
  • Israel has no desire to destroy the holy places, or allow them to be destroyed under Israel's watch. (The Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque are priceless historical treasures, even apart from their religious significance. 1,300-year-old masterpieces are not destroyed. Israel has done its best to preserve and protect them., Several times over. .)
  • Israeli and Palestinian Muslims don't want it. (It was not so long ago that Muslims on the Temple Mount rioted, injuring many people, because it was rumored that an Israeli politician planned to visit the Temple Mount.

Frankly, I've lost count of how many times I've answered a question like this on Quora ... and I have to wonder: why are some people so fascinated by the Third Temple and expect it to be built at any moment?

Fascination or not, it is not happening.

I'm not Saudi, but I imagine they'd be quite disappointed (even if some don't like Iran), but it's not the first time so I think they've gotten used to it at some point as they can't really change. anything since the dictatorship they are living under, but if they had the chance, they would cut all ties with Israel. The reason this is not the first time is because once the same Saudi king gave Modi (a war criminal) a medal (see this link Prime Minister Modi received the highest civil honor in Saudi Arabia) to even though he is responsible for the massacre of Kashmiris in Kashmir

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I'm not Saudi, but I imagine they'd be quite disappointed (even if some don't like Iran), but it's not the first time so I think they've gotten used to it at some point as they can't really change. anything since the dictatorship they are living under, but if they had the chance, they would cut all ties with Israel. The reason this is not the first time is because once the same Saudi king gave Modi (a war criminal) a medal (see this link Prime Minister Modi received the highest civil honor in Saudi Arabia) to Even though he is responsible for the slaughter of Kashmiris in Kashmir. And the same Saudi king has also been giving a medal to Donald Trump,

From what I have understood, it is that the majority of Saudi citizens clearly do not want any relationship with Israel. It could explain why Saudi Arabia decided to arrest several Saudi billionaires (under the accusation of 'corruption') to avoid a possible coup that would threaten the current regime because it made decisions that people do not like in the country. It also explains why Arab countries like Qatar (and not just Arab countries, even non-Arab Muslim countries) decided to distance themselves from Saudi Arabia lately because Saudi Arabia has been making decisions (like improving relations with leaders like Trump as well). like countries like India and Israel) that other Arab countries disagree with lethalone want to partner with.

One thing that may surprise you to know is that Saudi Arabia has had some extremely pro-Palestinian liberal and socialist political parties (although all were banned and their members were persecuted) like the Arab Socialist Action Party - Arabian Peninsula - Wikipedia that largely idolized. to Nasser (an Arab politician who fought against Israel) and wanted to reform the country, this shows that there have been many disagreements in the country and there still are and this "secret alliance" would definitely be one of them. Some leaders of these political parties (eg Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - Wikipedia) were even critical of the Saudi Royal Family and probably still is especially now with what is happening.

Hopefully in the future Saudi Arabia will get a new leader who can end this secret alliance with Israel and even kick out Trump and Modi as well and put King Salman in prison.

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His Highness Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman seems to have many enemies and challenges.

In addition to its religious, political and military enemies like Iran, it also faces considerable internal opposition. Among his brother princes, many of whom will never forgive him for imprisoning them during the consolidation of MBS power, conservative clergymen who are undoubtedly highly suspicious of his modest social reforms, and his still mainly conservative subjects, he has to tread carefully. The murder and removal of royalty are not exactly unheard of in the Arab / Muslim world.

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His Highness Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman seems to have many enemies and challenges.

In addition to its religious, political and military enemies like Iran, it also faces considerable internal opposition. Among his brother princes, many of whom will never forgive him for imprisoning them during the consolidation of MBS power, conservative clergymen who are undoubtedly highly suspicious of his modest social reforms, and his still mainly conservative subjects, he has to tread carefully. The murder and removal of royalty are not exactly unheard of in the Arab / Muslim world.

MBS seems to be testing the waters at every turn. Seeing how many of his reforms his people, his domestic power base and his allies will accept.

You also have considerable challenges if you want your future kingdom to be economically, militarily, and technologically viable. Israel is, believe it or not, simply one of many concerns it has to consider.

His Highness has apparently decided that working with Israel and the Israelis clandestinely is the most beneficial way forward, at least for now, and still benefit militarily against Iran. But from time to time test the waters like:

Palestinians must make peace or shut up, Saudi crown prince told American Jews

So when MBS feels secure enough politically at home and internationally, when it feels threatened enough militarily by common enemies of Saudi Arabia and Israel, when it feels that taking that leap will be more beneficial enough than the current underground settlement between Saudi Arabia. and Israel, when he has convinced himself in his heart, presumably going against the anti-Israel religious and social upbringing to which, I suppose, he has been subjected by his mother's milk, so to speak, then he will recognize Israel.

This has not happened yet and that is why he had not recognized Israel. Not yet.

I'm Muslim. I have visited Saudi Arabia and Israel / Palestine, have lived in 6 Arab countries and currently live in Canada.

Saudi Arabia is a terrible place to live regardless of religion. All the Gulf countries are if you are not a native of that country. I have family in Saudi Arabia and I used to live in Bahrain, which is basically the playground of Saudi Arabia, and you are constantly threatened with deportation. Outsiders are not treated well. There is a saying among the Arabs about Arabia: "The most sacred land in the hands of the most wicked." Saudis in general have been brainwashed by their government and I think

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I'm Muslim. I have visited Saudi Arabia and Israel / Palestine, have lived in 6 Arab countries and currently live in Canada.

Saudi Arabia is a terrible place to live regardless of religion. All the Gulf countries are if you are not a native of that country. I have family in Saudi Arabia and I used to live in Bahrain, which is basically the playground of Saudi Arabia, and you are constantly threatened with deportation. Outsiders are not treated well. There is a saying among the Arabs about Arabia: "The most sacred land in the hands of the most wicked." Saudis in general are brainwashed by their government and I feel bad for them.

Israel / Palestine is a terrible place to live regardless of religion. I cannot imagine a Jew or Muslim finding peace there. I have family there and obviously life is not great. There is no generation that has not seen war. Sorry for the double negative. All generations have seen war, regardless of religion! What kind of life is that? The Israelis are brainwashed by their government and I feel bad for them.

I feel bad for anyone who is caught living in any of those places. Thank God my family and I live in Canada now. If you are reading this and you are above the ignorance spread by those two poisonous countries, migrate to a better place. Canada is a great place. I also hear wonderful things about Australia.

PS Canada is nothing like the US I have been to 4 US states and the experience has been from great to terrible.

Peace!

First of all, obviously, all Muslims cannot go to Hajj, as a large number of Muslims simply do not have the financial capacity to go. That is why Hajj is a conditional obligation. It is only mandatory for those who can attend.

Second, all Muslims cannot go to Hajj also because there is lack of space. This is also the reason why Hajj is a conditional obligation. It is only mandatory for those who can attend. So if one does the best he can, it is enough in the eyes of Allah, even if he cannot go.

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First of all, obviously, all Muslims cannot go to Hajj, as a large number of Muslims simply do not have the financial capacity to go. That is why Hajj is a conditional obligation. It is only mandatory for those who can attend.

Second, all Muslims cannot go to Hajj also because there is lack of space. This is also the reason why Hajj is a conditional obligation. It is only mandatory for those who can attend. So if one does the best he can, it is enough in the eyes of Allah, even if he cannot go.

Third, Saudi Arabia generally grants Hajj quotas based on population. I'm not sure why he claimed otherwise.

For example, Indonesia has 12.7% of the world's Muslims according to Wikipedia (Islam by country - Wikipedia). In 2017, the number of pilgrims allowed for them was 221,000 (Indonesia says Saudi Arabia increased its Hajj quota). In 2017, the total number of Hajj pilgrims was 2,352,122 according to government statistics (Hajj - Wikipedia).

221,000 / 2,352,122 = 9.4%

That's pretty close to 12.7% of the population.

However, it is true that Saudi Arabia does not require a permit to perform Hajj for Saudi residents, which is why those living in Saudi Arabia have more representation in the Hajj. However, that is to be expected. Foreigners require a visa, while residents do not.

Looking further, 9.4% corresponds to the number that includes Saudi residents. In terms of granting Hajj visas, the percentage is much closer. In 2017, 1,752,014 visas were granted in total.

221,000 / 1,752,014 = 12.6%

So, I don't see any country-based favoritism. It is generally based on a point population.

Algeria, for example, an Arab country, obtained 2.05% of the total visas for 2.7% of the population. It's very close.

I lived and worked at KSA for two years. My former employer told all employees (regardless of religion or passport origin) to get a new passport if the current passport had Israeli visas or stamps. It was considered a given that any such passport would be immediately rejected if the visa or stamp were seen in the application process.

Islam is easy. Allah in the Quran 2: 185

"... Allah intends to relieve them and not to suffer difficulties ..."

Concerning Hajj, Allaah says in Qur'an 3:97 (interpretation of the meaning)

"... And it is the duty of mankind towards Allah to make a pilgrimage to the House, for those who can do so ..."

This is also the opinion of scholars. If there is no obstacle preventing you from doing the hajj once in a lifetime, then you must do it. However, there is no obligation if things like Covid19 or danger prevent you from doing Hajj.

And allah knows best

Because Israel does not recognize Palestine as an independent country and builds Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.

Saudi Arabia's position is very clear: there will be no relations with Israel until Israel recognizes Palestine as an independent country with East Jerusalem as its capital. Only then will relationships be established.

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