Christiano Ronaldo’s action while strengthening the Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr. Photo/Marca
JAKARTA – Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently playing in the Saudi Arabian League to strengthen Al Nasr some time ago, had faced a club from Mecca Al Wedah.
In the match that took place on 11 February 2022, CR7 had to play at the King Abdul Aziz Stadium, Al Wehda’s home stadium, which is located in Mecca.
Why is this mega star from Portugal able to set foot in Mecca? Even though there is a prohibition for non-Muslims to enter the holy city.
Is there really a special policy regarding footballers that allows them to visit holy places? Of course, this question often arises.
According to Aramco World, legally Mecca and Medina are strictly prohibited for non-Muslims. Everyone will be checked at every boundary of the holy city.
Even on the road signs that border the cities of Mecca and Madina, warnings are also written for non-Muslims not to enter the area.
However, if there are people who are caught as non-Muslims entering the sacred area, they will first be interrogated to find out the motive for their actions and gather information on the identities of the offenders.
The punishment for these offenders is usually deportation. This is done strictly to maintain the sanctity of the cities of Mecca and Medina.
Even when Saudi Arabia has launched visas for foreign tourists to be able to visit this Middle Eastern country in 2019, it has not relaxed the rules for entering the Holy City.
So that tourists can only visit other cities such as Riyadh, or Jeddah. Strict religious rules are also enforced for tourists.