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According to the country’s pilgrimage organizers, due to the country’s ongoing catastrophic economic crisis, Sri Lankan Muslims would not participate in the Hajj 2022 pilgrimage.
Out of the total 1 million international and domestic pilgrims, Saudi Arabia has granted a quota of 1,585 pilgrims for Sri Lanka for this year’s Hajj.
In Sri Lanka’s 22 million people, Muslims account for nearly 10% of the country’s Buddhist population. Human Resources clarifies on how to calculate Annual entitlements in Saudi Arabia
Even if Saudi Arabia cut Sri Lanka’s pilgrim quota for this year, the cost of sending Hajj pilgrims to the Kingdom is still too much for the government to handle.
In a statement to the country’s Department of Muslim Religious Affairs, the All-Ceylon Hajj Tour Operators Association and the Hajj Tour Operators Association of Sri Lanka said that due to the ongoing prevailing situation and the suffering that the people of our Mother Lank are experiencing, members of both associations have decided to sacrifice this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. Video : A citizen arrested for assaulting a Nurse in hospital in Asir region
According to Saheed M.Rismy, head of the All-Ceylon Young Men’s Muslim Association, the Muslim Community’s choice was made in solidarity with other people amid difficult times.
The decision was unanimous among operators due to Sri Lanka’s severe monetary problem. Because the country’s economy is in shambles, After missing a deadline for international debt repayments, the country has already defaulted on its loans.
According to Ahkam Uwais, chairman of the National Hajj Committee in Sri Lanka’s Department of Muslim Religious Affairs, the entire Hajj operation for Sri Lankan pilgrims will cost roughly ten million dollars, which is a significant sum given the country’s current predicament.
In an interview with Arab News, he explained that the choice to sacrifice this year’s Hajj is a generous gesture by members of the Muslim community who are willing to sacrifice their pilgrimage for the welfare of the country.
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