However, in light of the recent developments in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the modern openness to the countries of the world, the phrase “for Muslims only” written on the indicative panels was replaced by the word “to the extent of the sanctuary”, which raised some questions on social networking sites.
The changes came as part of the road development plan surrounding the second of the Two Holy Mosques, as the concerned Saudi authorities updated the signboards that were visually accustomed to visitors to the sanctuary.
In addition to modernizing the old Arabic calligraphy in which the panels are written, and replacing them with the “civil” font, with the aim of enhancing the visual components of the panels on the roads of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The visitor must carry the “Muslim religion” in order to enter the Two Holy Mosques of Mecca and Medina. As for tourists from other religions, they must take another route away from the burial place of the Messenger of God Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.
It is possible to enter the Medina region for everyone without the condition of religion, only in 8 governorates that are administratively followed, such as Al-Ula, Yanbu, and the cradle of gold and others, not covered by the prohibition.
However, the basic ban is imposed only on the boundaries of the Civilian Sanctuary and the Prophet’s Noble Mosque, similar to the Great Mosque of Mecca, which is what the new sentence means, “to the extent of the Haram.”