Shura Council Delegation Meets Saudi Consul General

L to R: Ahmed Azzam, Muzammil Siddiqi, Abdallah S. Al-Harithi, Shakeel Syed, and M.A.Aleem

Los Angeles, CA: A Shura Council delegation led by its Chairman Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi met with Mr. Abdullah S. Al-Harthi, the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Los Angeles on Monday, Feb 6 at his Westwood office. Accompanying Dr. Siddiqi was Mohammed Abdul Aleem on behalf of HADI/, Ahmed Azzam of Islamic Center of Hawthorne and Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Shura Council.
The Council had organized the meeting to record its concern for the frequent tragedies during Hajj and explore ways to avoid them in future. The Consul General thanked the delegation and expressed his appreciation for the visit.
Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman of the Shura Council, handed over a memo for the Minister of Hajj Affairs of the Government of Saudi Arabia, highlighting the following points:
1. That, an independent inquiry be conducted for the latest Hajj tragedy and its findings be made available to the Muslims.
2. That, an international committee of Muslim experts be established to explore ways and means so that such tragedies could be avoided.
3. That, safety education using all available mediums be made mandatory for pilgrims and implemented through the Hajj committees worldwide.
4. That, all the related staff of the Saudi Arabian Hajj Affairs be offered mandatory education on various Muslim cultures, languages and crowd management.
5. That, a worldwide Muslim volunteer corps be developed to complement the work of the Hajj Affairs personnel.
The Saudi Consul General assured the delegation:
• That, he will forward the memo to the Minister of Hajj Affairs and will call upon the Shura Council with an update.
• That, the reports related to the inquiry of the collapse of building in Makkah and the stampede in Mina will be shared with the Shura Council.
• That, his office will always remain open to receive any ideas and suggestions for improving the Hajj conditions.
The delegation thanked and shared several ideas with the Consul General, which he requested to share in writing for onward submission to the Hajj Research Center.
The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California is an independent organization of over seventy Islamic centers, mosques and Muslim organizations serving over five hundred thousand Muslims of Southern California. It draws its spirit from the Divine injunctions of “working together” and “conducting all matters with mutual consultation” (Quran 3:103 & 42:39).


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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