MoRA to announce decision on Haj at later date

Wani Roslan

The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) will announce the progress of this year’s Haj season in the near future, Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman said.

“The Government of Saudi Arabia has yet to confirm whether the Haj pilgrimage will be suspended or otherwise, but some regional countries announced that they will not be sending pilgrims this year,” the minister said at a press conference yesterday.

The minister said the MoRA will determine these matters in the form of hukum (judgement) and practical matters in terms of management with other concerns.

“Performing the Haj is not as easy as travelling, particularly with the current state of COVID-19, which also affects Saudi Arabia and other countries,” he said.