Report by AMPONTOONS.COM reporter, Fahdi Fahlevi
AMPONTOONS.COM, JAKARTA – Indonesian Consul General in Jeddah Eko Hartono reminded Indonesian pilgrims not to wear amulets in their various forms.
In addition, he also reminded not to carry sharp weapon bullets with you, because it is prohibited by the Saudi Arabian government.
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“The congregation should not wear amulets. This may be subject to witchcraft laws in Saudi Arabia. The penalties are severe. This must be considered,” Eko said in a written statement on Monday (5/22/2023).
“Don’t also carry bullets. There are experiences of Indonesian citizens who have problems because they carry a bullet,” Eko added.
Eko says it’s possible a bullet was accidentally carried by the pilgrims.
Even so, the Saudi Arabian government is very strict in enforcing this rule.
“He was also detained for up to three months,” Eko said.
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Another problem of protecting congregations is related to bans. The Indonesian consul general recalled that Saudi Arabia has imposed a 10-year ban.
Therefore, citizens who have been expelled or banned cannot enter Saudi Arabia before the 10-year period has passed.
“The period of detention also applies to Umrah and Hajj pilgrims. Pilgrims must be informed if they have ever been detained and deported, make sure that the incident happened more than 10 years ago. Saudi Arabia is becoming stricter,” Eko explained.
Eko also asked the congregation not to take pictures or photographs of prohibited items.
One of them is the guest house or king’s palace near the Haram mosque.
According to him, there have been numerous cases experienced by Umrah pilgrims because they took pictures of restricted areas, including the king’s palace.
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“Congregations are also advised not to carelessly create negative content while in the Grand Mosque and then upload it to social media. For example, the experience of losing their sandals even if they have forgotten to put them on and then making video content. This it can also be problematic,” he said.
Indonesian pilgrims will start arriving in Medina on May 24, 2023. The first flight from Jakarta-Pondok Gede boarding (JKG) will be the first group to land in Medina.
Pilgrims are expected to arrive at Amir Muhammad bin Abdul Aziz Airport at 6.20am Saudi Arabian time.
They will perform the Arbain prayer (obligatory congregational prayers at the Prophet’s Mosque 40 times) in Medina before leaving for Mecca.
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