It’s Time To ‘Help’ Saudi Arabia Restrain Itself

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“You will be denied a visa to perform hajj,” warned a friend. Others echoed the warning when they learned that I was serving as an expert witness in the case of a Christian seeking asylum from Saudi Arabia.

As the fifth pillar of Islam, access to Makkah to perform the hajj is critical to redemption.

In line with the Quran’s directive to stand for justice, whether it be for or against oneself, my response was that challenging the human rights abuses by the Saudi regime is worth the risk of being banned from performing a ritual. God is on the side of truth.

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