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Hajj registration ends with 58% of quota vacant

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 19 Jan 2024, 01:51 pm

Dhaka, Jan 19: Hajj registration ended on Thursday (January 18) after two extensions. But 58 percent of the quota still remains vacant.

Officials of the Ministry of Religion said that most of the countries of the world have reported the number of pilgrims. But Bangladesh has not yet informed. As the number of pilgrims has not been finalised, tents have not been allotted in the name of Bangladesh. Any further delay in reporting the number would mean pitching the tent far away in Mina, which would cause hardship to the pilgrims. Therefore, it is not possible to extend the registration time.

At the same time, as large part of the quota is vacant, it may have a negative impact on getting the quota in the following years, the officials of the Ministry of Religion have also said.

The holy Hajj will be held on June 16 (9th Zilhaj of 1445 Hijri) subject to moon sighting. Like last year, this year also 1 lakh 27 thousand 198 people from Bangladesh can perform Hajj. Out of this, 10,198 people can perform Hajj under government management and 1 lakh 17 thousand people through private management agencies. On January 8, a bilateral agreement was signed with the Saudi government to perform Hajj this year.

Pilgrim registration started from November 15 last year. Initially, the registration period was till December 10. Later the registration period was extended till December 31. Due to lack of response from pilgrims, the last registration date was extended to January 18.

According to Hajj Portal data at 8pm on Thursday, a total of 53,115 Hajj pilgrims have completed their registration. Among them, 3,802 are in government management and 49,313 are in private management.