Muslims who wish to perform haj should be prepared for last-minute travel: Yaacob
- POSTED: 09 Oct 2013 23:25
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Muslims who wish to perform the haj pilgrimage should be prepared for last-minute travel, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim as he sent off the last batch of 365 Muslims from Singapore making the haj.
SINGAPORE: Muslims who wish to perform the haj pilgrimage should be prepared for last-minute travel.
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim made the comment on Wednesday evening as he sent off the last batch of 365 Muslims from Singapore making the haj.
Dr Yaacob said he will continue working with the Saudi authorities to further raise the haj quota for Singaporeans.
The quota for all countries had been cut by 20 per cent in June due to expansion works in Mecca.
But the numbers for Singapore’s quota were later reinstated to 680.
Dr Yaacob added he was thankful to Singaporean Muslims for their patience.
Muslims in Singapore will celebrate Aidiladha or Hari Raya Haji on October 15.
Dr Yaacob said: "We do not know what the situation might be in the future. Look at the coronavirus (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus or MERS) -- something totally unexpected.
“The best advice I can give to the pilgrims or would-be pilgrims in Singapore is that, plan. Make your plan in such a way that you can activate it in the last minute because you never know when and what will happen."
Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, the Mufti of Singapore, will also be performing the haj pilgrimage this year at the invitation of the Saudi authorities.