IDXChannel - Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are looking for ways to reduce the hajj waiting time in the Southeast Asian country. Regarding this, several proposals has been initiated by the Indonesian government.
Indonesian and Saudi Arabian offcials during a conference on Hajj in the Middle Eastern country in January. They discussed about the long waiting time in Indonesia.
The first two proposals involved raising the annual hajj pilgrim quota and setting up two-storey tents in Mina -- where pilgrims stay day-long to perform rituals.
The next proposal is to cut the stay at Muzdalifah to only a few hours before departing to the Jamarat site to manage the pilgrims' entry and exit flows.
“Currently, the number of people who are waiting has reached 5.3 million people and currently, the Saudi and Indonesian governments are discussing the most appropriate ways to reduce the queues for Hajj all over the world, including Indonesia,” said Hilman Latief, Director General of Hajj and Umrah at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, some time ago,
“Malaysia is a country that has the longest waiting period for hajj, because in malaysia the waiting period is around 140 years,” he added.
A hajj pilgrim quota of 221 thousand has been allotted for indonesia for the 2023 hajj season. it comprises 190,897 regular Hajj pilgrims and 17,680 special hajj pilgrims.
The quota also includes 10,166 elderly priority pilgrims, 685 hajj and umrah guides, and 1,572 regional Hajj officers.
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