Ministry of Religion asks all Haj service providers in Saudi Arabia to anticipate the Corona virus outbreak. So that the impact can be minimized when the pilgrimage this season.”Requesting accommodation service providers in Saudi Arabia to prevent the spread of the Corona virus by spraying disinfectants and providing hand sanitizers in all Indonesian pilgrims accommodation,” said the Director General of Hajj and Umrah Management of the Ministry of Religion, Nizar Ali, quoted from the Ministry of Religion , Monday 9 March 2020 .This request was stated in a Circular addressed to the Provincial Office of the Ministry of Religion, Head of the Hajj Boarding Unit, and Hajj Technical Staff at the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah. The request was also conveyed to Saudi Hajj catering service providers.
Do not miss the Hajj transportation service provider.”Requesting consumption and transportation service providers in Saudi Arabia to ensure that personnel who will be assigned to serve Indonesian pilgrims are not infected by the corona virus,” Nizar said.He also appealed to pilgrims who would take part in the Hajj rituals, both in the KUA of the sub-districts and the regency / city of the Ministry of Religion, always maintaining health. If it hurts, you should not force yourself.”Manasik is also a means of conveying material about clean and healthy lifestyles, organizers to strive to involve health workers in the implementation of hajj rituals,” explained Nizar.
Consul Haji Jeddah Indonesian Consulate, Endang Jumali, claimed to have received the circular. According to him, the contents of the circular were in line with the steps of the Saudi authorities in anticipating the spread of the Corona virus.We are still studying because it is still in the negotiation stage. We will discuss this SE together during the discussion of the contract later,” explained Endang.
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Haram Mosque and Nabawi Mosque sightings are temporarily closed
The Saudi Arabian Authority temporarily closed the Grand Mosque from umra activities as of Thursday, March 5, 2020. This policy aims to protect the Muslim holy sites from exposure to the corona virus.According to a Saudi official’s statement, the closure was conducted one hour after the evening prayer to up to one hour after the morning prayer every day. Congregations are also prohibited from bringing food into the two Holy Mosques.Quoted from Arab News , as long as it is closed, the Mataf or tawaf area around the Ka’ba is very quiet. Much different from normal days, where this area is always filled with pilgrims tawaf all day.Closure was also applied to the sa’i area between Bukit Safa and Marwa until the Umrah ban was lifted. In addition, Zamzam water facilities at both the Haram Mosque and the Nabawi Mosque were suspended.
Local authorities explained the closure was carried out so that the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque could be cleaned.The janitor will spray disinfectants especially in the area around the Kaaba to kill bacteria and viruses.The Raudhah area inside the Nabawi Mosque is also closed to worshipers and Umrah. Likewise, the Baqi burial complex cannot be visited for a while.This policy applies to all residents of Mecca and Medina. Also those who are seen wearing ihram clothing, are not permitted to enter the Grand Mosque, especially in the Mataf area.At present, the Grand Mosque is reopened from the dawn prayer. However, no worshipers prayed in the Mataf area.They pray at the top and outside the Grand Mosque. Occupy shaf-shaf that has been provided.
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See Mecca Directly
The atmosphere of Mecca at this time, especially in the Grand Mosque, can be witnessed through this show.New Ministry of Religion Innovation in 2020 Hajj SeasonDream – Minister of Religion, Fachrul Razi said the government is always trying to improve services in the implementation of the pilgrimage. Innovations continue to be carried out, including for the Hajj season 1441 H / 2020 M Fachrul said there will be some innovations that will be carried out in the Hajj season this year. The innovation is related to a number of facilities and services.”This time we use three kinds of innovation,” said Fachrul in Jakarta, Wednesday 4 March 2020.This year, Hajj flights are served by three airlines namely Garuda Indonesia, Saudia Airlines and Flynas Airlines.
The last airline was appointed by the government this year.Minister of Religion Fachrul Razi, Head of BKPH Anggita Abimanyi when giving a press statement in Jakarta, Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / In addition to aviation, innovation is also carried out in the provision of catering for pilgrims.Furthermore, Fachrul said that his party was ready to hold the pilgrimage, which was planned to begin in June. The current stage is the payment of the Hajj Travel Costs followed by medical tests for pilgrims.
(Report: Raissa Anjanique Nathania)
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Minister of Religion Fachrul Razi Optimistic Can Add 10 Thousand Pilgrims to Hajj in 2020
Minister of Religion, Fachrul Razi said that he has submitted an additional 10 thousand pilgrims for the 2020 pilgrimage season to the government of Saudi Arabia. Although they have not yet received an answer, the Minister of Religion stated that the Saudis said that if the additional proposal was accepted it was not considered a quota. He said the addition of the congregation, for us it does not matter what the name is,” said Minister of Religion of the Republic of Indonesia, Fachrul Razi in the Press Conference in Jakarta on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.Fachrul is optimistic that the Saudi government will grant requests to increase the number of pilgrims who can leave this year. This conviction arises after there is support from President Joko Widodo.
While waiting for an answer from the Saudi government, the Minister of Religion continued to assume the pilgrimage quota in 2020 of 231,000 or the same as 2019.This assumption was made because Saudi Arabia often provides additional quota in the last seconds ahead of the Hajj season.”The experience of previous years, was able to get an additional 10 thousand worshipers, but given at a sudden so we have difficulty,” he said.
(Legitimate, Report: Rifani Indrianti)
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Legitimate Not Up! The cost of Hajj in 2020 is Rp. 35.2 Million
Hajj costs for 2020 are lawfully set at Rp 35,235,602. This certainty was obtained after the agreement of the House of Representatives Commission VIII together with the Ministry of Religion (Kemenag) which authorized the 2020 Hajj Travel Costs (Bipih).With this determination, the cost of Hajj this year will certainly not increase.”Agreeing on an average amount of Bipih or costs to be paid directly by pilgrims in 1441 Hijri or 2020 AD an average of Rp35,235,602,” said Chairman of the House Hajj Committee, Marwan Dasopang at the Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Thursday, January 30, 2020.
Determination of the cost is based on the assumption of the exchange rate of the rupiah against the United States dollar of US $ 1 = Rp13,750. With this exchange rate, the House of Representatives and the Ministry of Religion are convinced that the cost of flights will not increase significantly.Marwan said that the cost of flights from Embarkation to Saudi Arabia and vice versa is priced at Rp 28.6 million. These costs decreased compared to 2019 amounting to Rp30,079,285.For living costs or pocket money also does not increase ie. Each congregation will get 1,500 riyals, equivalent to Rp.5,5 million while in the Holy Land.