Saudi Arabia bans women from pilgrimage to Prophet Mohammad's shrine

Saudi Arabia bans women from pilgrimage to Prophet Mohammad's shrine

The Government of Saudi Arabia has issued new order banning women from pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) one of the most popular sites to pilgrims visiting Medina.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The Government of Saudi Arabia has issued new order banning women from pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) one of the most popular sites to pilgrims visiting Medina.

Women may request special permission to visit "Al Rawda", the courtyard of the Prophet’s Mosque located between the pulpit and the shrine where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) met with his relatives.
 
This is while the report of the Ministry of Pilgrimages does not state the reasons for this ban.
 
It only indicated that the mobile application with which pilgrimages to the holy places of Mecca and Medina are managed will no longer allow women to book a visit to the burial site of the Prophet, according to the newspaper, Specimen, which usually presents official government information.
 
With this application, which began to be used with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic almost two years ago, pilgrims can reserve tickets to the Great Mosque of Mecca and the Mosque of the Prophet, where his shrine is located, in the city of Medina, and obtain a code that is scanned in the accesses.

The new restriction has been announced after recent years' efforts by Saudi Arabian government to lift some bans, such as driving or playing sports, in an attempt to present itself to the world as a modern country.



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