UUCSA Statement: The Jeddah Music Festival is Sacrilegious!

The July 18 Jeddah World Fest is billed to be Saudi Arabia’s biggest live music festival set to take place at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium.


The event will be beamed to a global audience in more than 100 countries. In its attempt to shake off the image of religious extremism and placate those that demand a sanitized version of religion acceptable to the West, Saudi Arabia is importing the worst form of moral decadence to its shores.


The violation of the sanctity of the Hajj Season by the Custodians of Hajj is simply egregious. The epicentre of Divine revelation will now be disseminating what is antithetical to what the “House of Allah” symbolizes.


The Music festival is the Trojan horse of entertainment designed to contaminate the most sacred and sanctified lands in the Muslim world.


It is meant to lure, enslave and fleece Muslims of their faith, identity and sublime value system. The music festival may in reality be validating the ‘decree of punishment’ as stated in the Quran:

“But when it is Our will to destroy a community, We command those of its people who have lost themselves entirely in the pursuit of pleasures, (to desist) but they defiantly disobey therein and thus the decree of (punishment) is passed on it, then We completely destroy it.” (17:16)


The United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA) unequivocally denounces this music festival in the strongest terms and calls upon the Saudi authorities to respect the religious sensibilities of the global Muslim Ummah whose spiritual hearts, at this time, are focused, as one, as the Hujjaj are setting off on the most sacred journey of their lives towards the Haram of Makkah and its environs.


UUCSA is an umbrella body comprising nine affiliate members. It represents approximately 1500 Muslim Scholars. It has a national foot print across the nine provinces of South Africa.

Statement Issued: 09 July 2019 corresponding to  06 Dhu ‘al Qa’da 1440 A.H.


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*UUCSA Affiliate Members: Jamiatul Ulama South Africa – Est.1923 | Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa – Est.1945 | Jamiatul Ulama KZN – Est.1955 | Sunni Jamiatul Ulama – Est. 1978 | Sunni Ulama Council -Est.1992 | Eastern Cape Islamic Congress – Est. 1996 | Council of Ulama Eastern Cape – Est.1999 | Darul lhsan Humanitarian Centre – Est. 2000 | Northern Cape Ulama Council – Est. 2005