In a precedent, the first of its kind in Saudi history, since last April, Saudi female soldiers joined the security forces responsible for monitoring pilgrims and pilgrims in Mecca and Medina.
This is part of the alleged social and economic reforms carried out by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of plans to modernize the conservative kingdom and attract foreign investment as part of efforts to diversify economic resources.
Under his reform plan, known as Vision 2030, the crown prince lifted a ban on women driving.
It also allowed adult women to travel without a guardian’s permission and gave them more control over family matters.
However, this reform plan coincided with a crackdown on opponents, including women’s rights activists.
Saudi female recruits
Reuters quoted the testimony of Saudi Mona, who decided to join the security forces in her country to be among the first group of Saudi female soldiers who participated in securing the Hajj season.
According to the agency, Mona spends her shift roaming the Grand Mosque in Mecca, wearing a khaki uniform consisting of a long jacket, loose pants and a black beret that she puts over a veil covering her hair.
Mona said: “I joined the military, and completed my father’s path, may God have mercy on him, in the purest spot in the Sacred House of God to serve his guests, which is a very sublime service,” refusing to mention her family name.
For her part, Samar, another Saudi soldier in the Hajj and Umrah security, told “Reuters” while observing the pilgrims near the Kaaba that her family encouraged her to join the military service after she studied psychology.
She added, “This is a great achievement for us, and our greatest pride is to be at the service of religion and the homeland, and under the service of the guests of Allah.”
The Saudi authorities have restricted the performance of Hajj this year, and for the second year in a row, to Saudi citizens and residents, which deprived millions of pilgrims from abroad from performing the rituals due to the Corona virus pandemic.
Saudi military, Jawaher Al-Shammari
In an interview with the Saudi “Al-Arabiya” channel, the female soldier, Jawaher Al-Shammari, said: “Today, as a Saudi military, I am working in this year’s Hajj season as a safety inspector in the General Directorate of Civil Defense, and this is a great pride for me, a great feeling and a humanitarian work.”
She added: “My entry into the military sector is to serve my country and my religion, and one of my duties as a safety inspector is to stand on the camps to check the requirements for fire prevention, such as construction and fire extinguishers.”
While another female soldier confirmed that the inspection tours continue throughout the Hajj days in all the holy sites through modern technologies and applications that facilitate monitoring operations for the safety inspectors.
Since last Saturday, the attention of the Islamic world has turned to Mecca Al-Mukarramah; Where the pilgrims began arriving and performing the tawaf of arrival
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This pilgrimage comes for the second year in a row, with a limited number of pilgrims, amounting to only 60,000, from within the Kingdom, in light of strict health controls; Fearing the repercussions of “Corona”, which deprived millions of pilgrims from abroad from performing the rituals; This is due to the Corona virus pandemic.
The year 1441 AH (2020 AD) witnessed an exceptional Hajj season, as a result of the outbreak of the virus, as the number of pilgrims at that time was limited to about 10,000 from inside Saudi Arabia only, compared to about 2.5 million pilgrims in 2019 from all over the world.
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