LETTER: Saudi music festival is an affront to teachings of Islam
Besides being held a few days before the start of the Hajj pilgrimage, such a festival undermines the teachings and values of Islam.
The regime is undertaking steps to decrease its reliance on oil income and seeking to introduce other forms of income such as tourism, entertainment projects, etc, in accordance with Saudi Vision 2030.
Agreed, economic and financial transformation is needed, but not at the expense of the principles of Islam.
In this regard, I believe the music festival, dubbed the region's biggest live musical event, is nothing but pure immorality and needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MBS) so-called “modernisation” or “liberalisation” of the country has been relentless and this is not good, either for Muslims or Islam.
MBS’s reforms are nothing but all about consolidating power for his own benefit. It is genuinely misleading that MBS is a religious reformer. Islam does not need reformation or transformation as it is compatible with the progressive world and democracy; the reality is that the Saudi regime needs to implement the teachings of Islam.
Saudi Arabia, a country with no constitution, claims the Qur’an is its constitution. But sadly, the Saudi rule does not reveal Islamic teachings and the life of Prophet Muhammad .
MOHAMED SAEED Pietermaritzburg