Why does the Saudi government stop people from going to Hajj?

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Allah said , you must go for huj in the months of huj ( not Month or specific date ) if you can afford. why we muslims hinder many of people from going to huj because saudi government can not handel these numbers of hajis.why do not we follow the instructions of Allah and go for traditions / history. pls reply 


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Why does the Saudi government stop people from going to Hajj?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His  forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol,  no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Beloved brother,  please accept our apologies as we are unable to comprehend your question.   Is your question directed towards:


Why the muslims cannot perform Hajj in other months?

or,  Why the Saudi Arabian government stop people for coming to Hajj during the Hajj period?

or,  Why the Saudi Arabian government stop people for coming to Hajj during other months?

or,  Which traditions/ history being followed today is against the instructions of Allah Subhanah?


If you could kindly clarify your question,  we would be honored to address it for you in light of the Quran and Sunnah,  Insha Allah.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 197-200:

The months for Hajj are well-known to all.   Whoever makes up his mind to perform the Hajj during these fixed months,  let him totally abstain from all sorts of sexual indulgence,  wickedness,  and wrangling during the Hajj;  and remember that Allah knows whatever good you do.   Take necessary provisions for Hajj,  and piety is the best of all provisions!  So refrain from disobeying Me,  O men of understanding.   And there is nothing wrong if you also seek the bounty of your Lord during the pilgrimage.   Moreover,  when you return from Arafat,  stay at Mashaar-e-Haraam (Muzdalifa) and remember Allah.   And remember Him just as He has enjoined you,   for you had gone astray before this.   Then return from where others return, and ask Allah’s forgiveness.   Most surely He is the Forgiving and the Merciful.   And when you have performed your Hajj rites,  remember Allah as you had been remembering your own forefathers,  or with even greater zeal.    


The pilgrimage of Hajj was not something that was started by the Messenger of Allah (saws).   This rite was started on the command of Allah Subhanah by Prophet Abraham (a.s.).   The pagans of Makkah believed they followed the deen of Prophet Abraham (a.s.) and they used to perform Hajj on the appointed dates of 9-Dhul Hajjah to 13-Dhul Hajjah since the time of Prophet Abraham (a.s.).   Therefore,  the Messenger of Allah (saws) did not change the dates,  but taught the believers to perform the correct rites of Hajj as directed by Allah Subhanah and practiced by Prophet Abraham (a.s.).  


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.



Your Brother in Islam,





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