Does the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia make profit from the Hajj, or not?
I answered similar questions several times. I am still wondering why people don’t pay intention at this Quranic teaching:
“Believers, if a troublemaker brings you news, check it first, in case you wrong others unwittingly and later regret what you have done, and be aware that it is God’s Messenger who is among you: in many matters you would certainly suffer if he were to follow your wishes. God has endeared faith to you and made it beautiful to your hearts; He has made disbelief, mischief, and disobedience hateful to you. It is people like this who are rightly guided through God’s favor and blessing: God is all knowing and all wise. (Quran 49:6-8)
As a Hajji, My money does not go for anyone like this. It is a blattering mistake that the Saudi government is receiving or using the Hajj revenues.
There are many reasons against this saudiphobic and islamophobic claim:
-The hotel and tourist industry in Mecca is mostly owned by native Meccans who don’t pay anything for the government as Saudia’s Shariah law forbids any kind of taxes on any kind of activity.
-There are many fake foreign reports about a so called 50 or 80 billion usd revenues yearly. Any stats student will tell you the revenues had never surpassed 5 billion usd. Visiting pilgrims count around 8 million in a year, so if you do your account, you will see religious tourism is not an important source of revenues at all. Take as examples, touristic countries like Morocco or Egypt have far more tourists and revenues but remain poor undevelopped countries.
-The Saudi government has always vowed to manage Mecca and Medina, they spend more money on the development and management of Mecca and Medina. Don’t forget also that the military defense and its cost have prevented a Houthi missile near Makkah.
-In religious matters, the Saudi government is very clean. It does not steal others’ money in such a way. This is why it had been firm on banning any political involvement in Hajj.
-Even if they really have huge revenues, that really does not cost any thing compared to oil revenues, and other sectors. The Hajjees come for the purpose of adoration and spirituality, they spend much less than the average tourist in the world.
-Last but not least, knowing Saudia is fighting Anti-Sunni Houthis rebellion in Yemen and Anti-Sunni alawide government of Syria, and the Extremist Khomeinist anti-Arab and anti-Muslim regime, I would proudly give out all my pennies to the mission of protecting the Two Holy Lands.
Remember why his majesty is called: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, that sums up everything.