How Should You Answer المذهب (Sect) Question on Your Umra Application?

An acquaintance shared with me his umra visa application. On it, I noticed that the pilgrimage authorities ask for المذهب, which is translated as sect.

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I wonder how the authorities would act if an applicant wrote:

ما ألفيت عليه آبائي

What I found my forefathers practicing

I’m so sick of sectarianism.

Amnesty International Appeal for KSA Prisoner of Conscience Ali Al-Nimr

I followed the Amnesty International USA instructions to appeal to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia not to execute political prisoner Ali Al-Nimr. I wrote a letter in Arabic to King Salman and Prince Mohammed bin Naif. You are welcome to download them and modify them as you see fit.

Here’s a copy of Amnesty International’s statement about the situation in Arabic.

Saudi Arabia Executes Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan Domestic Worker

humanrightswatch:

On January 9, 2013, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the execution of Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan domestic worker convicted of killing a baby in her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old.

Saudi Arabia is one of just three countries that executes people for crimes they committed as children. Rizana Nafeek is yet another victim of the deep flaws in Saudi Arabia’s judicial system.

Rizana was just a child herself at the time of the baby’s death, and she had no lawyer to defend her and no competent interpreter to translate her account.

Read more about the case here »