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Postpone Hajj If You Can

By June 16, 2013

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A model showing the proposed expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Arab News reports that the government of Saudi Arabia is asking Muslims to postpone their performance of the Hajj this year, especially if they have done it before, in order to ease congestion amidst ongoing construction at the Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah.  In past years, nearly 3 million people have gathered for the Hajj. Saudi Arabia began the expansion project in 2011 to accommodate additional crowds in safety and comfort.  This year, with much of the mataf (space for tawaf) closed off for construction, the government has requested to reduce the number of domestic pilgrims by 50% and foreign pilgrims by 20%.  Anyone planning to travel for Hajj this year should be aware of the situation and anticipate restrictions.

Comments
June 20, 2013 at 8:39 am
(1) Ahmad Tijjani says:

This is a very sensible advice considering a large number of pilgrims attending the Hajj

June 20, 2013 at 9:23 am
(2) Samira says:

Good decision and well thought out. It is in the interest of safety and comfort for all pilgrims.

June 20, 2013 at 10:18 am
(3) Lateef Salawu says:

May Almighty Allah (SAW) continue to bless His religion, assist the KSA authority and all Muslim umah (Ameen)

June 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm
(4) kabir a.fagge says:

May Allah bless king Abdallah
And all Muslim ummah.

June 21, 2013 at 8:12 am
(5) ABASS SULAYMAN says:

This is a good reason it all Muslim should endeavor

June 21, 2013 at 11:10 am
(6) Mr.Rizwan Ali says:

Salaam and dua to believers may ALLAH subhan a taala have mercy and guide us on our path, and make everything safe,people should also be grateful to know and give opportunity to others to do hajj, for its done once in a lifetime subhan ALLAH,this is a blessed moment and time life is short have minimum number of hajj this year insha ALLAH may ALLAH forgive us, salaam

June 24, 2013 at 4:03 am
(7) Shamsuddeen says:

Salam, Thanks be to Allah, it is for good that the Saudi Authorities are asking muslims to understand with them.it is for the benefit of all muslims. We should learn to sacrifice for others.if those of us who have performed before should sponsor others,Allah will reward us as well.May Allah continue to support theSaudi authorites for using their resources to better the holy sites.May Allah put us in the reward ameen.This is a genuine reason to slow down the number of pilgrims in this year’s hajj.

June 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm
(8) aisha aslam says:

it is a sensible idea given by the government of saudia arabia..may ALLAH bless him and all muslim ummah

July 2, 2013 at 5:59 am
(9) Alhaji Usman musa says:

For the sake of Allah who ever has done hajj before allow those that havent had it before for this year 2013.The masjid is under renovation for this year.

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