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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Minister calls for reducing cost of Haj - Saudi Arabia

HAJ AFFAIRS: Islamic Affairs Minister Saleh Al-Asheikh presides over a meeting on Haj in
RIYADH: Islamic Affairs Minister Saleh Al-Asheikh has called for reducing the cost
of the pilgrimage.

This year’s Haj will be in September with pilgrims arriving one month before the start
of the rituals. Al-Asheikh made his observation this week at their second meeting in
 Riyadh in the presence of Deputy Minister Tawfiq Al-Sudairy and members of the
Al-Asheikh stressed the importance of early preparations for the Haj this year and the completion of the tasks entrusted to the ministry as part of its mission to serve the
 pilgrims and create Islamic awareness.
Saudi Arabia receives two to three million pilgrims from all over the world every year
 and this requires highly systematic planning and utilization of resources.
The minister emphasized the need for all services related to the performance of the
rituals to be ready in advance, especially those pertaining to Meeqat and mosques
which receive pilgrims before the start of the season.
Al-Asheikh urged concerned bodies to reduce costs, and integrate the services of
various sectors in order to provide advocacy and counseling facilities to the pilgrims
by creating timetables.
He said mosques should be ready and complete all tasks and services for the reception
of pilgrims during the Haj.