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Global - December 16, 2020

National Commission on Muslim Filipinos announces registration for Hajj 2021 pilgrims

COTABATO CITY – The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has called on pilgrims to register from Dec. 16-31 this year for the 2021 Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

“This is to determine the actual number of intending pilgrims for the 2021 Hajj,” said Director Malo Manonggiring of NCMF’s Bureau of Pilgrimage and Endowment (BPE), in a statement on Wednesday.

Manonggiring said the BPE accepts registrants between the scheduled dates but no fees would be collected until the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will release a confirmation on foreign pilgrims’ inclusion.
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“There is no advice yet from the KSA if foreign worshipers would be allowed for the 2021 Hajj,” Manonggiring said.

However, he said Saudi Arabia has already eased some restrictions for foreign pilgrims who were allowed to perform the “Umrah” pilgrimage.

Umrah is the name given to a pilgrimage to Mecca, which is a shorter version of the annual Hajj gathering.

Manonggiring said it was still possible for the 2021 Hajj to push through for the international Muslim community.

The annual Hajj is a religious duty for able-bodied Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey at least once in their lifetime. It is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Manonggiring said registration is free of charge and fees would only be collected upon approval. (PNA)

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