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‘Only Saudis can better manage hajj services’

‘Only Saudis can better manage hajj services’

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Aug 06, 2017 - 17:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Religious affairs experts say only the Saudi Arabia government can better manage the hajjinfo-icon operations and services.

Millions of Muslims from around the worldinfo-icon annually gather in Islam’s holiest cities in Meccainfo-icon and Medinainfo-icon of Saudi Arabia for performing hajj and umrah pilgrimages.

Mualvi Shamsur Rahman Frotan, head of the cultural committee of Afghanistaninfo-icon Ulemainfo-icon Council, told Pajhwok Afghan News Saudi Arabia served well pilgrims from all countries including Afghanistan.

He said the Saudi ministries of hajj, public healthinfo-icon and information and culture and municipality played important role in serving pilgrims. Frotan said Saudi public health ministry and municipality in particular provided more facilities to pilgrims.

“Sometimes pilgrims themselves create anarchy during hajj performance and make the affairs troublous,” he said.

Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house deputy speaker, Haji Nazir Ahmadzai, said Saudi Arabia was providing good facilities to all pilgrims, particularly Afghan pilgrims.

He thanked the Saudi government for increasing the hajj quota beyond 6,000 pilgrims from Afghanistan this year.

“Saudi Arabia is the center of Islamic World, so all Muslims should defend it,” he said.

Ahmadzai said Saudi provided facilities to millions of Muslims during the hajj and Umrah operations while others could not provide such facilities.

In response to a question, he asked some countries not to link political problems with religious sanctities.

Mualvi Abdul Zahir Haqqani, head of Hajj and Islamic Affairs for eastern Nangarhar province, said Saudi Arabia effectively discharged its responsibility in providing different services to Hajj pilgrims.

He said Saudi did not discriminate against any other Muslim countries and provided them with equal services from land transport to residence, food and other facilities which others lacked the ability to provide.

Hekmat Safi, an advisor to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) also said the Saudi government provided equal services to all Muslims around the world during Hajj.

He accused Iran and Qatar of what he said publishing ‘fake news’ and disrupting people’s minds about Saudi government in treating pilgrims.

Islamic scholar and political expert, Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, also the writer of a book on Mecca and Medina, also appreciated Saudi government for serving pilgrims.

“It is a fact that the services Saudi government provides to pilgrims cannot be provided by any other country,” he said.

He said a number of countries who criticized the Saudi government were those whose pilgrims used to create problems for people during the performance of Hajj.

Shah Mahmood, an Afghan who performed Hajj last year, said he did not face any problem while performing the pilgrimage.

“I was wondering how the Saudi government manages the pilgrimage for millions of Muslims and provides them with many services,” he said.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia has announced its full preparation for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.

According to Saudi Press Agency, the Saudi government prepared some special programs for facilitating pilgrims during Hajj operation.

Pilgrims coming from abroad have been provided with guides in their own languages in Medina city and at Jeddah Airport.

About two weeks back, Afghanistan Hajj and Islamic Affairs Minister Faiz Mohammad Osmani said that all required measures had been taken for Afghan pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

According to the Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs, 30,000 Afghans are expected to perform Hajj this year.

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