This time, it is up to Saudi Arabia alone to decide whether people from other parts of the world will be accepted for the Hajj, how many people will be taken from which country, what conditions will be given to them, and what will be the overall management. According to their decision, only the people of those countries will be allowed to perform Hajj. There is no opportunity to take any confidential decision in this regard. Saudi Arabia will officially announce their decision. He has to prepare accordingly. Therefore, the rumors about the Hajj are not true, said the policy makers of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Recently, rumors have been circulating that Hajj opportunities are being created, citing unnamed sources in Saudi Arabia. State Minister for Religion Faridul Haque Khan told Kaler Kanth in this regard, “I condemn those who create confusion about Hajj. If the Saudi government informs us about Hajj, we will officially inform the countrymen about it. ‘He said,’ Don’t listen to anyone else’s information about Hajj, just rely on government information. On behalf of the government, I will inform the people about the real information through the media.
At least five months before the start of the Hajj, all the preparations for the Hajj journey from Bangladesh are finalized. There are only two months left for Hajj this year; But the government has not yet received any decision on Hajj from Saudi Arabia. So there is a doubt whether it is possible to go for Hajj from Bangladesh this time. The holy Hajj is performed in Saudi Arabia on the 8th to 12th of the month of Jilhaj in the year Hijri. The world’s largest Muslim religious event was closed internationally last time due to the coronavirus. Internally, the Saudi government gave 10,000 people limited access to the Hajj. Depending on the sighting of the moon, Eid-ul-Azha may be held on July 21. The Hajj may start on July 19. As such, the flight schedule of Hajj pilgrims should be fixed in March. But due to uncertainty, the Ministry of Religion has not been able to start the final phase of the Hajj.
Top officials of the Ministry of Religion said that they are also hearing about the opportunities for foreigners to perform Hajj through various channels. Religious Affairs Minister Faridul Haque Khan has not been able to say anything optimistic about the issue until an official proposal is received from the Saudi government. “If the opportunity arises to perform the Hajj, we will be ready to send as many people as possible,” he told Kaler Kantha. On the other hand, Secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs Nurul Islam recently told reporters that Saudi Arabia’s decision on Hajj is final. We are waiting for their decision. On the other hand, in response to the question whether the Indian situation with Corona will go against Bangladesh, the Minister of State for Religion said, this fear is not unfounded.
An official of the Ministry of Religion, who did not want to be named, said the world’s attention in Corona is now on India. The Indian Corona variant has also attacked Bangladesh. In this situation, the possibility of performing Hajj from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia is getting narrower and narrower.