206 pilgrims fly to Saudi for Haj
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE last batch of Haj pilgrims for this year departed for Madinah, Saudi Arabia yesterday afternoon.
A total of 206 pilgrims travelling under Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd gathered at the Brunei International Airport just before noon with families and friends by their side giving them well wishes prior to their departure.
Also in attendance to wish the pilgrims a safe journey was the Minister of Religious Affairs (MoRA), Yang Berhormat Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abdul Rahman.
Also present were the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar, Permanent Secretary of Religious Affairs Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Aziz OKML Hj Yussof, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religion) of Religious Affairs Hj Harun Hj Junid, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) Roslan Hj Taja’ah, Chairman of Darussalam Holdings Sendirian Berhad Board of Directors Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Yusoff Hj Awang Ismail and Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Brunei Hisham Abdul Wahab.
The doa selamat was read by Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Hj Hamidon BPSK DP SS Hj Abd Hamid. The _Azan _was recited by Mudim Hj Amran Hj Md Salleh.
The first batch of Haj pilgrims departed for Madinah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday and are expected to return on September 29 while the final batch of the pilgrims are expected to return on September 30.
The Saudi Arabian government imposed a quota of 1,000 pilgrims per million inhabitants for each country due to the ongoing upgrades of mosques Masjidil Haram in Mekah and Masjid Nabawi in Madinah.
This means that Brunei, which has a population of around 400,000 people, has been granted a quota of 400 pilgrims.
The Haj is one of the five pillars of Islam, which Muslims are expected to perform at least once in their lifetime if they are physically able to do so.
The Brunei Times