Intolerant Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia says non-Muslims will be deported if they eat, drink, smoke in public during ramadan days.

Saudi Arabia has threatened to deport any non-Muslim foreigners who don’t respect the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan by eating, drinking or smoking in public.

An interior ministry statement on the official SPA state news agency urges non-Muslim expatriates in the kingdom to “respect the sentiments of Muslims by not eating, drinking or smoking during Ramadan’s daylight hours in public places, including roads and workplaces.”

Those who violate the regulations will be deported or sacked, according to the statement.

“They are not excused for being non-Muslim,” it said, adding that “anyone living in this country should follow the laws of the Kingdom, including respecting religious sentiments”.

The statement also asked companies to transmit the instructions to their employees.

Millions of Muslims from around the globe are preparing to observe Ramadan, the religious month of fasting.

For 30 days, they will not eat or drink from sunrise and sundown and refrain from sexual intercourse, smoking or profanity in a bid to become closer to Allah.

They are also encouraged to give back to the community and take part in charitable deeds.

Saudi Arabia applies a strict version of sharia law and it hosts more than nine million foreigners.

Last march, the Kingdom started a crackdown on illegal workers. The government issued an amnesty period in April 2013 giving illegal migrants seven months to gain legal status. Since then, one million Bangladeshis, Indians, Filipinos, Nepalis, Pakistanis and Yemenis have left.

The government created a task force of 1,200 labour ministry officials who raided shops, construction sites, restaurants and businesses in a hunt for foreign workers employed without permits.

What an unbelievably uncouth, uncultured, uncivilized country this Saudi Arabia is!

What if Saudis face the same kind of intolerance as foreigners? What if they get deported from the West for not respecting Western religion, culture and custom? The West won’t deport them, because it respects everyone’s freedom to not respect religion. Saudis learn from no one. They only learn from their ancient scriptures, the scriptures full of immorality, inequality, injustice.


  1. says

    The Saudi regime shows just as much intolerance to Saudis as to foreigners, but in different ways.

    During Ramadan it is forbidden to smoke during daytime so I would learn to smoke discreetly in
    desalination modules and the cable cellar when working in Jeddah 32 years ago.

    When working in a university In Riyadh, I sat on the floor of an office and smoked discretely & bagged the
    ash. On several occasions the security guards would share their ‘ fatura ‘ with me.. This is the first meal
    after breaking the fast. At that time most of the security guards were from strife torn Sudan.

    The Saudis are indeed trying to impose tight control and also cope with a rocketing population growth.


    If tonight Saudi Arabia disappears from planet earth, tomorrow morning 95% of terrorism will disappear. If it continues to do what it is doing, in next 20 years or so, they will for sure eliminate 50% of Muslims… Sunnis killing shias and shias killing Sunnis. And the USA is such a hypocritical nation that they pretend they don’t know where it is all coming from. Pray for some kind of apocalypse, humans doesn’t deserve such a high order among the animals of the universe.

  3. lpetrich says

    Saudi Arabia is a big example of the Resource Curse, the trouble that natural-resource wealth can cause.

    I remember someone comparing oil-rich and oil-poor nations with measures of how democratic they are. Oil-rich countries turned out to be much less democratic than oil-poor countries with similar GDP’s per capita.


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