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Riyadh's troubled square
Justice Square - Maidan al-3adl in Arabic - is an innocous and unassuming place for anyone who stumbles across it. There is a small stone plaque close to the entrance to the market that announces its name, but apart from that there is no indication of the purpose of those centrally located open air. This is, indeed, the area in which public executions take place. In 2011, it is estimated that something like 167 executions were performed across Saudi Arabia, and there are reports that judges now prefer that they take place at the scene of the crime, rather than in designated execution areas, so you should not expect that you will see one if you visit Justice Square. Nevertheless, it is a possibility, and rumour is that individuals who appear to be non-Muslims are pushed to the front, as a Muslim who sees an infidel before dying will not be granted entry to heaven. If you are afraid that you might be part of the crowd, your best bet is to avoid this area on Fridays.
This large, airy square is called Midan Aladl, or Justice Square. It is the heart of the old town (Baatha), and lies right next to the Grand Mosque and a few steps from the Masmak fortress.
In the square are a couple of sugar cane juice stands and a lousy fast food joint.
The most interesting moment to be in the square is at the end of the prayer, when the bangladeshis that populate large parts of Baatha flock out of the mosque and get by doing their own business. That is, if you don't enjoy seeing public beheadings, which are carried out in the square starring drug dealers, murderers and other various offenders of the Shah'ria, the Islamic law that the Wah'habis (the ruliing religious sect) severely enforce throughout the country.
The Square of Justice couldn't but be the place where to find the headquarters of the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, an outstanding Saudi invention that takes care of strategic social issues that are vital for the survival of the country's integrity. Such issues include dragging muslims to prayer five times a day, making sure women and men don't talk to each other in public and having you switch your mobile off whenever they think it's offending the Islamic belief.
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Justice Square (Midan Aladl)
Midan Aladl is a big square between the Big Mosque and Qasr almasmak.
in Eid fistavels, they held lots of activities here such as traditional dance (Ardah)
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