Saudi to retain ban on non-Muslim places of worship

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RIYADH—Ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia will retain its longstanding ban on non-Muslim places of worship, Justice Minister Mohammed al-Issa said in comments reported by the Saudi media on Wednesday.

As Saudi Arabia is “home to the Muslim holy places, it does not allow the establishment of non-Muslim places of worship,” the Al-Hayat newspaper quoted Issa as telling European MPs in Brussels.

Saudi Arabia, home to the holy Kaaba — the cube-shaped structure at the Grand Mosque in Mecca towards which Muslims worldwide pray — has come in for repeated criticism for its ban on non-Muslim places of worship.

Although Saudi Arabia’s citizen population is Muslim, the kingdom is also home to millions of expatriates of various beliefs.

Unlike Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s Gulf Arab neighbors allow the building of churches and the celebration of non-Muslim feasts.

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  • patrickinca

    without their oil, they are nothing.

  • steven

    Doha City is better..

  • wanluna

    but they are free to build mosques anywhere they want. the religion of “peace” is both intolerant and saudi is an apartheid country!

  • Hey_Dudes

    If anyone is looking for the best place on earth to live, look no farther than Saudi Arabia! It is by any definition of the word – da best!

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