14/05/2024 09:57 AM

MAKKAH, May 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has once again made history in haj management by becoming the first country to complete all contracts in the E-Haj system, which allowed Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) to choose tents for the masyair.

Head of the Malaysian haj group Datuk Seri Syed Salleh Syed Abdul Rahman said that Malaysia was also the first country to obtain haj visa approval this year after the Haj and Umrah Ministry of Saudi Arabia opened applications early via the Nusuk System.

“TH remains steadfast in its commitment to setting an example for other countries. This success would not have been possible without the cooperation, commitment, and guidance from Mashariq,” said Syed Salleh, who is also the TH haj executive director.

He said this while speaking at the Ta'aruf session between the Mashariq Company leadership and Malaysian haj group management.

Also present were Mashariq Holdings chairman Adnan Hussin Mandora, Mashariq Holdings deputy chairman Abdul Rahman Abdullah Ashour, deputy head of the Malaysian haj group (charity) Mohamed Heikal Mohamed Yusuff and deputy head of the Malaysian haj group (medical) Abdul Marsudi Manah.

Formerly known as the Southeast Asia Muassasah Tewafah, Mashariq is a company tasked with providing essential facilities and services for Malaysian pilgrims, particularly in Arafah, Muzdalifah, and Mina during the culmination of the haj pilgrimage, or masyair.

This encompasses services and facilities during the masyair, such as accommodation tents, air conditioning, food and drink, transportation, and facilitating the movement of pilgrims between Makkah, Arafah, Muzdalifah, and Mina.

According to Syed Salleh, the session was held with the goal of strengthening the spirit of brotherhood and fostering collective efforts to accommodate the guests of Allah.

He said that both parties share a huge responsibility in fulfilling the entrusted duty of caring for Malaysian pilgrims throughout every haj season.

“I am confident that the longstanding partnership between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia will continue to thrive and strengthen. Insha-Allah, we will continue to strive towards enhancing our service to the guests of Allah in the future,” he said.

At the same time, Syed Salleh said TH continuously enhances the training programme for prospective Malaysian pilgrims prior to their departure for the Holy Land, using various mediums including online haj courses.

He said that this ensures the pilgrims receive information and guidance, encompassing not only religious rituals but also self-discipline, health care and environmental cleanliness for future haj trips.

Syed Salleh also expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Saudi Arabian government, led by the Custodians of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for allocating the full quota to Malaysian pilgrims for the 1445H haj season.

“We deeply appreciate the steadfast commitment of the Saudi Arabian government, especially the Haj and Umrah Ministry of Saudi Arabia and its minister Dr Tawfiq Al-Rabiah,” he said.


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