Pilgrims in Saudi were seen emptying several cans of Zamzam water at the Saudi Arabian border on their way back from performing Umrah. One of the Jordanian pilgrim, who was filming the video said, “This is from God, not from them”.
Saudi had ordered pilgrims to pay fee at the border for transporting Zamzam water cans to Jordan. This infuriated the pilgrims and in protest they emptied all the cans at the border.
As expected the video sparked protest and many slammed authorities for their decision. “The new Saudi government is preventing pilgrims from carrying Zamzam water,” one of the pilgrims was heard saying in the video.
“Water that people have been drinking for thousands of years for free is now forbidden unless you pay for it,” he added.
Meanwhile, responding to the video, Saudi embassy in Jordan called on pilgrims to ensure that Zamzam water is obtained from official sources. According to the statement, a passenger is only allowed to carry one packet from King Abdullah’s project of Zamzam water.
Saudi Arabia have imposed 5 percent VAT on Zamzam water at the beginning of March 2018, coinciding with the rise in electricity and fuel prices, which have caused anger among many in Saudi Arabia.