By MM Web Desk
It seems Saudi nationals are running fast on the highway of liberalization leaving behind their culture and religion . Inspired by VISION 2030 introduced by MbS, Saudi Arabia celebrated the Halloween festival this year with pomp and show.
Halloween-inspired costumes and other items were sold in malls and marketplaces in Riyadh and other cities.
Visuals showing people dressed up in Halloween costumes went viral on social media. This drew sharp reactions from Netizens.
Arbaz, a doctoral student in California, welcomed the development. “Probably one of the most surreal moments of my life was being in Saudi on Halloween. People in costumes outside the masjid with the Adhan in the background. Felt like the day of reckoning,” he said in a tweet.
No this is not a #Halloween costume, neither a photoshop..
This is a REAL LIFE IMAGE from Yemen, caused by a chemical toxic air-strike by Saudi Arabia on Yemen. pic.twitter.com/qW5ekrgoHI
— Ihjas Ahmad (@ihjas0) November 1, 2021
Other individuals used the opportunity to criticise the Saudi government in connection with its dual standards on religious freedom and human rights.
A photograph showing some minor victims of airstrikes in Yemen was shared by several users. They took a dig at the Saudi government accusing them of injuring children through its airstrikes.
Halloween Mubarak to my Wahabi/Salafi brothers. Saudi Arabia, the land of tawheed, is truly leading the ummah today. Well done. You ban mawlid, but allow Halloween. #SaudiHalloween pic.twitter.com/QKTKbwnsDA
— Praecursator 🇬🇧 🇧🇪 🇨🇮🏆 (@Praecursator007) October 30, 2021
Others also criticised Saudis saying that they ban the celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s birth anniversary but allow Halloween.