Man arrested under Saudi religious laws after dedicating his Mecca pilgrimage to the late Queen and unveiling a banner in her honour

A guy who claimed to have visited the Holy City of Mecca to pay respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II was detained in Saudi Arabia.

The Yemeni guy had dedicated his Umrah visit to the late king in a social media video he had uploaded while standing in the courtyard of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, the most sacred place in Islam.

In addition, he was spotted waving a sign that said: “Umrah for the soul of Queen Elizabeth II, may Allah grant her peace in heaven and accept her among the righteous.” in both Arabic and English.

Later, the Saudi Police detained the man for “violating the rules and directions” of the sacred site.

He was then forwarded to the public prosecutor by security personnel.

In a statement, reported by Vice, the interior ministry of Saudi Arabia said: ‘The special forces of the security of the Grand Mosque arrested a resident of Yemeni nationality who appeared in a video clip carrying a banner inside the Grand Mosque, violating the regulations and guidelines for Umrah.’

The Grand Mosque is off-limits to non-Muslims.

Saudi Arabia also bans signs and political slogans from the sacred courtyard for fear of offending Islamic sensibilities.

According to reports, visitors are banned from dedicating their pilgrimages to deceased non-Muslims, therefore, the man attributing his pilgrimage to the late Queen, who was the head of the Church of England, appears to have broken the rules.

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