Safe send-off for first flight of Haj pilgrims

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE first Bruneian Haj flight has departed for Madinah, Saudi Arabia yesterday with a total of 191 pilgrims onboard, including three accompanying officers from Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd and six medical officers.

As previously reported, the quota for Bruneian pilgrims this year remained at 400 due to the ongoing upgrading projects on Masjidil Haram in Mekah and Masjid Nabawi in Madinah.

Prior to the 1pm flight, the Brunei International Airport was packed with family and friends of the pilgrims.

Among them was 18-year-old Muhd Zaeem Mat Yassin, the youngest among five who was there to send-off his parents, Mat Yassin Juned and Hjh Masni Hj Nasar.

He shared that it was his father's first pilgrimage and the second for his mother.

Muhd Zaeem said that if it weren't for his examination, he would have joined his parents.

“Although I am worried for them, but InsyaAllah, I do believe that they will be fine, and I hope they will always be in good health while performing their Haj,” said Mohd Zaeem.

Meanwhile, Hj Mohd Sukaimi Hj Ahmad, who was also sending his family members off to Madinah said that he was grateful as five of his family members including his in-laws were part of the group this year.

His father-in-law among those going, he expressed his happiness that his father in-law was able to perform the Haj this year.

For himself, Hj Sukaimi shared that as of now, he has no plans for going just yet seeing that his children are all still quite young.

“I do hear that Madinah and Mekah are currently being upgraded, perhaps when the renovation works are done, I would go there together with my whole family,” he said.

The Minister of Religious Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abd Rahman was present at the airport to send off the pilgrims. Also present were chairperson of the board of directors for Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd Dato Seri Setia Hj Yusoff Hj Ismail, senior officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Tariq Mohammed Ali Bahhah, Charge D' Affaires from the Saudi Embassy in Brunei. A doa selamat was read prior to the departure by Pehin Khatib Hj Suhaili Hj Metali Al-Hafiz, as well as the azan by Mudim Hj Awang Metassim Hj Metussin.

The second flight carrying the last batch of Haj pilgrims under Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd and Straits Central Agencies, are scheduled to leave Brunei today.

The Brunei Times