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No Umrah for non-Muslims: Man arrested for offering it on Queen’s behalf


A Yemeni citizen has been arrested by Saudi authorities for offering Umrah on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, the Independent reports.

He was arrested after posting a video on social media of his pilgrimage with Elizabeth II. The video appears to have been filmed inside the grounds of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, where non-Muslims are banned.

The video shows Yemenis holding a banner that reads: “Umrah for the soul of Queen Elizabeth II, we ask God to accept her in heaven and among the righteous.”

The video went viral on social media and angered some people. According to Saudi police, he was arrested for “violating the regulations and instructions” for the pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia has strict regulations against wearing banners, chanting slogans or performing Umrah on behalf of non-Muslims.

“He has been arrested, legal measures have been taken against him, and he has been publicly prosecuted,” the interior ministry said.

After Queen Elizabeth II’s death, some Yemenis recalling their relationship with the Queen had visited Aden nearly seven decades earlier. Kulthoo Muhammad Saeed, 80, a Yemeni matriarchal woman told Reuters: “Honestly, we were very comfortable in the British colonial days. We are not suffering. When we were under colonial rule, we were in God’s grace and safety. “

During that intervening decade, however, the goodwill shown during the queen’s visit dissipated. A four-year uprising, in which hundreds were killed, drove out the British army.

A few years ago, a theory circulating on social media that Queen Elizabeth II was a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad or his Hashemite clan in the Arabian Peninsula, was sought after by many shops in the UK.

It is theorized that the king’s blood merged with the Prophet through Princess Zaida of Seville in the 11th century. However, there is little evidence to support that claim.

According to a report in the Middle East Eye, the discovery was attributed to Burke’s Peerage – a British genealogical publisher and authoritative Royal family, but this claim was denied by Burke’s Peerage: “It’s true. unfortunately, we have no genealogical information regarding this. We are not the original source.”

Queen Elizabeth passed away last week at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne. She is Britain’s longest-serving and most-traveled monarch.

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