A short guide to Hajj 2022: what pilgrims will do in the coming days
RIYADH: Ambassadors and emissaries from the Muslim world have hailed Saudi Arabia’s organization of Hajj this year.
Pilgrims from around the world have gathered in Mecca for the biggest Hajj pilgrimage since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly two years ago.
The Hajj was limited to just 1,000 people residing in Saudi Arabia in 2020 and 60,000 domestic pilgrims in 2021.
This year, after lifting most of its COVID-19 restrictions, Saudi Arabia will welcome 1 million pilgrims, including 850,000 foreigners to perform Hajj – one of the five pillars of Islam, which all Muslims have. required means must accomplish once in their lifetime. .
Foreign diplomats in Saudi Arabia have praised the Kingdom for its extensive Hajj arrangements this year.
Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Berik Aryn, told Arab News: “I would like to congratulate all Muslims on the start of the Hajj season. We have been waiting for this moment for a long time due to the hiatus during the pandemic.
“Since the arrival of the first group of pilgrims, the Saudi government has made an outstanding achievement in providing all facilities in the holy cities for Hajj. They have paid special attention to the safety and good health of pilgrims, which which is important right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the envoy said.
“On behalf of the pilgrims of Kazakhstan, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the excellent Hajj arrangements.”
Nigeria’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Yahaya Lawal, said, “Praise be to Allah for enabling us to witness the 2022 Hajj season, the first in the post-pandemic period. I also take this opportunity on behalf of the Nigeria to express our sincere gratitude to the Saudi government and King Salman for the internationally acclaimed decision to hold the Hajj this year and allow foreign pilgrims to participate. We commend the Saudi authorities for all the preventive measures put in place to preserve the health of Allah’s guests.
“Nigeria, which will send nearly 50,000 pilgrims, is delighted to return to this important event – a trip of a lifetime,” he said.
“We pray for the success of this annual pilgrimage as we also look forward to a normal pre-pandemic Hajj season next year.”
Dato’ Sri Syed Saleh Syed Abdulrahman, head of the Malaysian Hajj delegates in Makkah, told Arab News: “Malaysian pilgrims thank King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for enabling international pilgrims to perform the Hajj this year. We are extremely grateful to the Saudi government for once again choosing Malaysia as one of the five countries selected for the Mecca Route program this year.
“Malaysia was the first country chosen for the Makkah Route pilot project in 2017. The Makkah Route program has provided Malaysian pilgrims with an excellent service as they can arrive in Medina and Jeddah easily and quickly. They can walk through the arrival gates of both airports after the long flight without having to worry about their luggage either. All Malaysian pilgrims are very satisfied with the service.
Saudi Arabia has also built and upgraded various infrastructure in Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah to improve the experience of all pilgrims, including Malaysians, during the busy Hajj season, he added.
“We pray for Saudi Arabia’s success in achieving Vision 2030 so that it continues to provide the best services to Muslims around the world who come to Makkah and Madinah for Umrah and Hajj,” he said. Abdulrahman said.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ameer Khurram Rathore, hailed the Kingdom’s leadership for Hajj preparations. “This year supporting and assisting pilgrims from Pakistan, the ‘Route to Makkah’ initiative, has been very useful for our Hujjaj coming from Islamabad. It is a manifestation of our good brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia. Next year, Inshallah, the ‘Route to Makkah’ initiative will be launched from three major Pakistani cities.”
He added, “The government of Pakistan has developed three digital apps, which will be very useful for our Hujjaj during Hajj.”
Indian Consul General Mohammed Shahid Alam said: “All Indian pilgrims have arrived in Makkah to perform Hajj. This year, 56,637 pilgrims came from the Hajj Commission of India and 22,600 pilgrims through the Hajj group organizers. We have made elaborate arrangements in Makkah and Madinah for their comfortable stay, as well as hassle-free transport to commute between their accommodation and the Haram. We have made medical facilities and makeshift hospitals available.
Alam added: “We are deeply grateful to King Salman and the Crown Prince, as well as the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, for their excellent support in making all these arrangements. They were available around the clock to make efficient arrangements on time. We express our sincere gratitude to them for the excellent arrangements they have made for the safety (of the pilgrims), enabling them to perform the Hajj smoothly.
Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the Kingdom, Dr. Mohammad Javed Patwary, said, “I express my deep satisfaction with the handling of the Hajj and thank the King and the Crown Prince for their continued support to the Muslim Ummah. Through the wider use of e-Hajj systems, expedited services are provided. Bangladesh is the fourth largest country sending Hajj pilgrims and our future pilgrims were looking forward to performing Hajj after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Saudi government is allowing 60,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh.
“All of our pilgrims have completed the immigration process in Bangladesh under the Makkah Route Initiative. They are receiving their luggage at their hotels, which is a remarkable development for the hassle-free movement of these guests from ‘Allah.
“Pilgrims from Bangladesh who arrived in Saudi Arabia – we spoke to many of them – highly commended the Saudi authorities for their arrangements,” the envoy said.
Head of the Thai Pilgrim Affairs Office, Zaki Takei, also praised the efforts and services provided by the Saudi government to the pilgrims. He said the Kingdom has “spared no effort” to facilitate pilgrim visits.