non-Muslims not allowed in the holy cities
of Makkah and Madinah?
NON-MUSLIMS NOT ALLOWED
It is true that non-Muslims are not allowed in the holy
cities of Makkah and Madinah, by law. The following points will serve to
elucidate the possible reasoning behind such a restriction.
1. All citizens
are not permitted in the cantonment area
I am a citizen of India. Yet, I am not permitted to enter
certain restricted areas like the cantonment. In every country there are
certain areas where a common citizen of that country cannot enter. Only a
citizen who is enrolled in the military or those who are connected with
the defence of the country are allowed in the cantonment area. Similarly
Islam is a Universal Religion for the entire world and for all human
beings. The cantonment areas of Islam are the two holy cites of Makkah and
Madinah. Here only those who believe in Islam and are involved in the
defence of Islam i.e. the Muslims are allowed.
It would be illogical for a common citizen to object
against the restriction on entering a cantonment area. Similarly it is not
appropriate for non-Muslims to object against the restriction on
non-Muslims against entering Makkah and Madinah.
2. Visa to
enter Makkah and Madinah
a. Whenever a
person travels to a foreign country he has to first apply for a visa i.e.
the permission to enter that country. Every country has its own rules,
regulations and requirements for issuing a visa. Unless their critera are
satisfied they will not issue a visa.
b. One of the
countries which is very strict in issuing a visa is the United States of
America, especially when issuing visas to citizens of the third world.
They have several conditions and requirements to be fulfilled before they
issue a visa.
c. When I
visited Singapore, it was mentioned on their immigration form - death to
drug traffickers. If I want to visit Singapore I have to abide by the
rules. I cannot say that death penalty is a barbaric punishment. Only if I
agree with their requirements and conditions will I be permitted to enter
d. The Visa –
The primary condition required for any human being to enter Makkah or
Madina is to say with his lips, La ila ha illallah Muhammed ur Rasulullah
meaning that ‘there is no God but Allah and Muhammed (pbuh) is His
by Mr Shehzad Saleem:
Believers! verily these Idolaters
are unclean [of faith]. So let them
not after this year of theirs
approach the Sacred Mosque.
evident from the above mentioned
verse (Quran 9:28) that the real
reason of this prohibition is
polytheism which has been called
impure and unclean. Consequently,
this prohibition stands analogously
extended to people who have adopted
polytheism as their religion, for
example some sects of Hinduism. It
cannot be extended to the adherents
of such monotheistic religions as
Judaism and Christianity. As has
been explained earlier, though the
followers of Christianity are
involved in polytheistic practices,
yet they never condone to polytheism
as the real religion. Obviously,
there is a world of difference
between getting involved in
polytheistic practices while
considering them to be non-
polytheistic and becoming followers
of polytheism itself.
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