Saudi authorities have arrested a person who claimed to have travelled to the holy metropolis of Makkah to carry out an Umrah pilgrimage on behalf of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The person, a Yemeni nationwide, on Monday revealed a video clip of himself on social media on the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Islam’s holiest website, the place non-Muslims are forbidden.
Within the clip, he held up a banner saying: “Umrah for the soul of Queen Elizabeth II, we ask God to just accept her in heaven and among the many righteous.”
The footage was broadly circulated on Saudi social media, with Twitter customers calling for the person’s arrest.
Saudi Arabia forbids pilgrims to Makkah from carrying banners or chanting slogans.
And whereas it’s acceptable to carry out Umrah on behalf of deceased Muslims, this doesn’t apply to non-Muslims just like the queen, who was supreme governor of the Church of England, the mom church of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Safety forces on the Grand Mosque “arrested a resident of Yemeni nationality who appeared in a video clip carrying a banner contained in the Grand Mosque, violating the rules and directions for Umrah,” mentioned an announcement carried by state media late Monday.
“He was arrested, authorized measures have been taken towards him and he was referred to the general public prosecution.”
State tv broadcast segments in regards to the incident that included the controversial video clip, however with the banner blurred.
The queen died on Thursday and her funeral is deliberate for September 19.