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Q: How are non-muslims kept out of Mecca? ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: How are non-muslims kept out of Mecca?
Category: Relationships and Society > Religion
Asked by: mdcastle-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 09 Apr 2004 11:38 PDT
Expires: 09 May 2004 11:38 PDT
Question ID: 327779
Out of curiosity, how does the Saudi Arabian government prevent
non-muslims from visiting Mecca and Medina? For instance, does one
need proper paperwork from a local mosque, or is there an "Islam 101"
test to pass?

Also, what might happen to someone who gets busted trying to sneak in?
Are we talking public execution or a $5.00 fine?
Subject: Re: How are non-muslims kept out of Mecca?
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 09 Apr 2004 13:08 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi mdcastle,

Thank you for your very interesting question.

The following is an excerpt outlining the rules and regulations
regarding non muslims visiting Mecca and the consequences

"Charles L. Glatz of the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia researched the
question, ?Are there any exceptions and what is the punishment for
visiting Mecca and being caught as not being a moslem?? and the reply
received is the following:

As far as the rules and regulations of Saudi Arabia, there are no
exception for non-Moslems to visit Mecca. Only Moslems and converts to
Islam may visit Mecca. In order to cross from Jeddah to Mecca, a
person must show Saudi police that he or she is Moslem. Proof is a
Saudi igama (residency permit), which lists one's religion, or a hajj
or umrah visa.

If a person is caught who is not Muslim and managed to enter Mecca, he
or she will be arrested and held in detention. On extensive
investigation, the Minister of Interior decides the punishment based
on a recommendation of a Shari'a judge. There is no set punishment for
this offense.

Of course, this dodges the question of a death penalty but as there is
no set penalty and the death penalty is so common in Islam, this is a
possible outcome..."

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I hope the information provided is helpful. If you have any questions
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Best regards,
mdcastle-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Good answer considering the low price.

Subject: Re: How are non-muslims kept out of Mecca?
From: neilzero-ga on 09 Apr 2004 19:42 PDT
I thought rainbow-ga did a good job for $4. I can understand the
Saudia government wants to remain vague about safeguards and possible
 I have lived in the USA for about 67 years  plus 5 years in other
countries including a year in Turkey, but there are lots of things I
just think I know about the USA.
 Omair Aleem did not say he had actually made recent trips to Mecca
and Medina, so the rainbow information may be more correct.
 In the USA fewer that 1000 persons are executed for serious crimes
per year, so I suspect the inference of rainbow is reasonable compared
to Saudia Arabia, but I confess I do not know if there is secret
government involvement in the perhaps 10,000 USA citizens who die
under mysterious circumstances anually such as Vince Foster.
 About 10% of the USA households respect our sisters and mothers by
not commiting adultery so it is not common in EVERY household.
 The people and leaders of Sadia Arabia have long believed it is good
to tell a lie that helps the cause of Allah. In the USA we have
recently learned to tell lies for what we suppose is a good cause.  
Subject: Re: How are non-muslims kept out of Mecca?
From: slakemoth-ga on 11 May 2004 15:08 PDT
Here is a link to an excellent little tid-bit from "the Straight Dope"
website..The question asked was "Has any non-Muslim ever made the
pilgrimage to Mecca?"  Enjoy...

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