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Awqaf Ministry announces arrangements for registration of Jordanian Hajj pilgrims

By JT - May 26,2022 - Last updated at May 27,2022

Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Mohammad Khalaileh holds a press conference in Amman on Thursday (Petra photo)

AMMAN — The Department of Hajj and Umrah shared the results of the initial registration via the department's website, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Mohammad Khalaileh said on Thursday.

During a press conference, Khalaileh said that regarding the number of people wishing to perform the Hajj (the greater Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca) this year, the ministry has complied with Saudi Arabia's guidelines for the pilgrimage to choose Jordanian pilgrims, considering the requests made by older applicants who have not previously performed the Hajj, as there is a specific quota allocated for Jordan.

A total of 20,000 applicants have registered to express their wish to perform the Hajj this year, the minister said, noting that the quota was chosen according to age, with priority for those who were born between 15/7/1957 and 31/12/1958, who have made initial registration, as well as those who have savings in the Hajj fund at a rate of 20 per cent.

The minister invited eligible candidates to visit the registration centres as of Saturday, May 28 until Thursday, June 2 to receive their permits.

Eligible candidates will receive SMS to notify them that they have been selected, the minister said.

As per  Saudi authorities' regulations, all pilgrims need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of the time of their entry to Saudi Arabia, and only people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are allowed to perform the Hajj, he said.

On the official prices for this year's Hajj packages, he said that the Hajj costs totalled JD2,260 for people travelling by land and JD2,240 for people travelling by air, in addition to the flight ticket price.

He added that the Jordanian pilgrims will be accompanied by a medical team, with a doctor being allocated for every 280 pilgrims, as well as a media team to cover this year’s Hajj season.  

The pilgrimage to the Kaaba in Mecca, Islam's holiest site, is one of the five pillars of Islam. A Muslim is required to perform the Hajj at least one time in their life if they have the means.  

 

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