Hajj Preparation Continues, Minister of Religion Awaits Saudi Good News

Fachrul Razi hopes that the Saudis can reopen access soon.

The organizer of the Hajj 1441 H / 2020 M continues to carry out preparations even though Saudi Arabia is still imposing temporary closure of entry access.”The Hajj housing team is still in Saudi Arabia. Hopefully this (Covid-19) outbreak will soon be completed, and the pilgrimage can go well,” said Minister of Religion, Fachrul Razi, quoted from the Ministry of Religion .

Fachrul said that he was currently waiting for good news from the Saudis. He hopes the Saudis can open access soon.Furthermore, Fachrul said he was optimistic that conditions in Saudi Arabia would improve. Quoting the report from the Indonesian Consul General that he received, Fachrul stated that the Grand Mosque until now was relatively crowded.

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Saudi Hajj Service Providers Asked To Anticipate Corona Outbreaks

Ministry of Religion asks all Haj service providers in Saudi Arabia to anticipate the Corona virus outbreak. So that the impact can be minimized when the pilgrimage this season.”Requesting accommodation service providers in Saudi Arabia to prevent the spread of the Corona virus by spraying disinfectants and providing hand sanitizers in all Indonesian pilgrims accommodation,” said the Director General of Hajj and Umrah Management of the Ministry of Religion, Nizar Ali, quoted from the Ministry of Religion , Monday 9 March 2020 .This request was stated in a Circular addressed to the Provincial Office of the Ministry of Religion, Head of the Hajj Boarding Unit, and Hajj Technical Staff at the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah. The request was also conveyed to Saudi Hajj catering service providers.

Do not miss the Hajj transportation service provider.”Requesting consumption and transportation service providers in Saudi Arabia to ensure that personnel who will be assigned to serve Indonesian pilgrims are not infected by the corona virus,” Nizar said.He also appealed to pilgrims who would join the Hajj rituals, both in the KUA of the sub-district and the regency / city of the Ministry of Religion, always maintaining health. If it hurts, you should not force yourself.”Manasik is also a means of conveying material about clean and healthy lifestyles, organizers to strive to involve health workers in the implementation of hajj rituals,” explained Nizar.

Consul Haji Jeddah Indonesian Consulate, Endang Jumali, claimed to have received the circular. According to him, the contents of the circular were in line with the steps of the Saudi authorities in anticipating the spread of the Corona virus.”We are still studying because it is still in the negotiation stage. We will discuss this SE together during the discussion of the contract later,” explained Endang.

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Haram Mosque and Nabawi Mosque sightings are temporarily closed

The Saudi Arabian Authority temporarily closed the Grand Mosque from umra activities as of Thursday, March 5, 2020. This policy aims to protect the Muslim holy sites from exposure to the corona virus.According to a Saudi official’s statement, the closure was conducted one hour after the evening prayer to up to one hour after the morning prayer every day. Congregations are also prohibited from bringing food into the two Holy Mosques.Quoted from Arab News , as long as it is closed, the Mataf or tawaf area around the Kaaba is very quiet. Much different from normal days, where this area is always filled with pilgrims tawaf all day.Closure was also applied to the sa’i area between Bukit Safa and Marwa until the Umrah ban was lifted. In addition, Zamzam water facilities at both the Haram Mosque and the Nabawi Mosque were suspended.

Local authorities explained the closure was carried out so that the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque could be cleaned up. The janitor will spray disinfectants especially in the area around the Kaaba to kill bacteria and viruses.The Raudhah area inside the Nabawi Mosque is also closed to worshipers and Umrah. Likewise, the Baqi burial complex cannot be visited for a while.This policy applies to all residents of Mecca and Medina. Also those who are seen wearing ihram clothing, are not permitted to enter the Grand Mosque, especially in the Mataf area.At present, the Grand Mosque is reopened from the dawn prayer. However, no worshipers prayed in the Mataf area.They pray at the top and outside the Grand Mosque. Occupy shaf-shaf that has been provided.

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Hajj Preparation Continues 2020

Hajj Preparation Continues 2020 Minister of Religion Awaits Saudi Good News

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New Ministry of Religion Innovation in 2020 Hajj Season

Minister of Religion, Fachrul Razi said the government is always trying to improve services in the implementation of the pilgrimage. Innovations continue to be carried out, including for the Hajj season 1441 H / 2020 MFachrul said there will be some innovations that will be carried out in the Hajj season this year. The innovation is related to a number of facilities and services.”This time we use three kinds of innovation,” said Fachrul in Jakarta, Wednesday 4 March 2020.In addition to aviation, innovation is also carried out in the provision of catering for pilgrims.Furthermore, Fachrul said that his party was ready to hold the pilgrimage, which was planned to begin in June. The current stage is the payment of the Hajj Travel Costs followed by medical tests for pilgrims.

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Minister of Religion Fachrul Razi Optimistic Can Add 10 Thousand Pilgrims to Hajj in 2020

Minister of Religion, Fachrul Razi said that he has submitted an additional 10 thousand pilgrims for the 2020 pilgrimage season to the government of Saudi Arabia. Although they have not yet received an answer, the Minister of Religion stated that the Saudis said that if the additional proposal was accepted it was not considered a quota.”He said the addition of the congregation, for us it does not matter what the name is,” said the Indonesian Minister of Religion, Fachrul Razi in the Press Conference in Jakarta on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.Fachrul is optimistic that the Saudi government will grant requests to increase the number of pilgrims who can leave this year. This conviction arises after there is support from President Joko Widodo.

While waiting for an answer from the Saudi government, the Minister of Religion continued to assume the pilgrimage quota in 2020 of 231,000 or the same as 2019.This assumption was made because Saudi Arabia often provides additional quota in the last seconds ahead of the Hajj season.”The experience of previous years, was able to get an additional 10 thousand worshipers but given at a sudden so we have difficulty,” he said.This year, Hajj flights are served by three airlines namely Garuda Indonesia, Saudia Airlines and Flynas Airlines. The last airline was appointed by the government this year.

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