The Indonesia Ministry of Religion will recruit haj supervisors earlier. Director of Bina Haji Arsad Hidayat estimates that the recruitment of officers will be carried out in early January 2023.
This assertion was conveyed by Arsad Hidayat while speaking at the 2022 Indonesian Hajj Mudzakarah at the Salafiyah Syafi’iyyah Islamic Boarding School, Situbondo.
Present were a number of clerics who were members of the Hajj Pilgrimage Consultants, the Heads of Provincial Offices of the Ministry of Religion, and the Heads of Hajj and Umrah Implementation at Provincial Offices of the Ministry of Religion throughout Indonesia. Mudzakarah lasts three days, 28 – 30 November 2022.
“Recruitment for worship supervisors will be carried out earlier. It is hoped that those who are selected can immediately collaborate with the congregation who will depart to provide guidance on rituals,” said Arsad in Situbondo, Tuesday (29/11/2022).
Arsad explained, the future guidance on rituals is oriented towards creating an independent congregation. For this reason, all processes and activities of guidance from manasik must be oriented towards the independence of the congregation.
“All congregations who are guided must be independent. This can be done, among other things, by equipping them with easy ways and tips for worshiping at the Haram and Nabawi Mosques. This includes tips if the congregation experiences the wrong direction going home, using hotel infrastructure, and others,” explained Arsad.
“So the congregation must be equipped from the start. Don’t condition the congregation to continue to have dependencies,” he continued.
Arsad added that it is important to provide guidance on rituals that provide choices for the implementation of worship according to the conditions of the congregation. So, the congregation can understand the options available and can carry out worship according to their physical condition.
“This is important so that the congregation is not forced or forced to worship that does not suit their physical condition. But the congregation can take advantage of worship options that are justified and fit their physique,” he explained.
Regarding quotas, Arsad informed that on January 9, 2023, an MoU would be signed with the Minister of Hajj of Saudi Arabia.
“God willing, on January 9, 2023, an MoU will be signed. At that time, all service contracts, accommodation, transportation, catering, and services for pilgrims in Masyair will also be signed,” he explained.
“God willing, the certainty of the quota will soon be known and we hope the quota will return to normal, 221 thousand pilgrims,” he said.
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