Islamic Lifestyle

First pilgrims from Malaysia start haj journey July 4

The first of Malaysia’s haj pilgrims will fly to Saudi Arabia today, July 4.

According to Tabung Haji, Malaysia’s haj pilgrims board, the last of the country’s pilgrims will depart for Saudi Arabia on August 4.

The haj is expected to begin on August 9 this year.

Malaysia Airlines subsidiary Amal said on June 25 it will carry around 20,000 of the country's haj pilgrims this year.  

Malaysia has a quota of 30,200 pilgrims for 2019.

The quota of haj pilgrims per country is based on 0.1 percent of its Muslim population.

This formula was decided by the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1987, but the final count for each year is also subject to the discretion of the Saudi authorities. For example, all foreign pilgrim quotas were slashed by 20 percent from 2013 to 2016 to accommodate the expansion of facilities at Al Masjid Al Haram in Mecca.

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