SA Muslims face hajj frustration

2012-03-13 10:33

Cape Town - A large number of local Muslims will not be allowed to perform a Mecca pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as South Africa will likely exceed its attendance quota, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that almost 9 000 people had applied for Hajj this year – three times the number allowed to travel last year as dictated by the Saudi Hajj Ministry.

The SA Hajj and Umrah Council would meet the ministry this week to discuss the 2012 quota.

According to the report, the ministry recently implemented a system where only 1 000 people per million Muslims in a country would be allowed to go to Saudi Arabia. South Africa has about a million Muslims.

Muslims who are physically and financially able are required to perform hajj once in their life.

  • Stan - 2012-03-13 10:57

    then.... stay at home!

      Stan - 2012-03-13 10:59

      why do south africans always feel they deserve some special dispensation... the world doesn't owe you sheit!!!

  • Nasiefa - 2012-03-13 11:16

    the SA Hajj and Umrah council should allow people that haven't been for Hajj and Umrah to go!! stop allowing people that have been before!!! give others a chance to perform their pilgrimage as well !!!!!!

      Shaheeda - 2012-03-13 11:38

      I think they should also prevent young children from going as they will still have to go again as adults and they take the places of adults who have saved up for many years for the opportunity.

  • malibho - 2012-03-13 12:29

    The Saudi quota of 1000 visa per 1 million muslims is too simplistic. The problem is that in South Africa, majority of the muslims are middle class and can afford to go for haj. Now haj is only compulsory if you can avffor it. In countries like Nigeria, a large percentage of muslims cannot afford to go and it is therefore not compulsory on them to go. So you have a situation where the small muslim middle class relative to the total muslim population ends up in a far less then required quota imposed and you end up with SOuth Africans who want to go not being able to go.

  • rajeshsood - 2012-03-16 18:26

    Very sad, for people not to be able to fulfill their hearts desire. Saudi has to be fair to all nations of expat muslims, hence quotas. I hope they have a system where unused quotas from one country are passed onto another !

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