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Congress ought to overview hajj coordination program – Hataman

Muslims pray on the Grand Mosque throughout the annual hajj pilgrimage of their holy metropolis of Mecca, Saudi Arabia Aug. 8, 2019. (File picture by WALEED ALI / Reuters)

MANILA, Philippines — Home Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman is asking on the nineteenth Congress to overview the hajj pilgrimage coordination program of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) after round 1,000 pilgrims had been stranded in airports regardless of having tickets and passes.

The pilgrims, who stated they’d coordinated with NCMF for the holy journey, complained of not being to safe journey visas, in response to Hataman, who represents the Lone District of Basilan.

“The hajj is among the most vital components of the lives of Muslims,” Hataman stated in Filipino in a press release issued on Monday. “Anone who can journey and obtain this as soon as of their life is fortunate. So it’s unhappy information that many won’t be able to expertise it this 12 months due to a mistake or neglect of some individuals.”

“We should always discover out why that is taking place. The NCMF has funds for arranging the hajj for our Muslim countrymen, however why is there a snag like this? We should always maintain accountable all these accountable for this mess,” he added.

Final June 23, the NCMF spokesperson, Commissioner Yusoph Mando, assured Muslim Filipinos who had been barred from leaving from June 19 to 21 that the the NCMF was engaged on arranging new flights and the issuance of visas.

This could enable them to affix the pilgrimage, which begins on July 7.

Hataman stated the federal government ought to decide whether or not the NCMF coordination course of was nonetheless efficient or if it ought to be dealt with by a personal sector accomplice, as different nations had been doing.

“Was somebody neglectful? Did somebody make a mistake? The place’s the snag? These are the issues we’ll look into throughout our investigation,” he stated.

One among NCMF’s duties is to coordinate with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Filipinos touring to Mecca for the annual hajj.

In response to Hataman, the Bureau of Pilgrimage and Endowment handles these communication and coordination processes.

The lawmaker stated different authorities businesses also needs to look into the problem, contemplating that lots of people had put aside numerous hard-earned cash for the pilgrimage.

With this in thoughts, Hataman stated the journeys of the stranded pilgrims shouldn’t be delayed.

“Ethical governance requires us to be pro-active in taking care of the welfare of those stranded Muslim pilgrims. So much them are compelled to spend what ought to be their pocket cash for the hajj. They could now not have something left for his or her each day wants. I hope they are often reached, interviewed, and helped. They shouldn’t be left alone to fend for themselves.”

“The NCMF has funds for this sort of downside. Why not use it? Allow us to present compassion for brother Muslims who’re on this state of affairs now due to the neglect of some,” Hataman added.

The hajj is among the 5 pillars of Islam and Muslims are anticipated to do the pilgrimage no less than as soon as. The five-day journey entails a number of rituals which might be required of pilgrims.

“That’s why individuals save up for it. In the event you don’t have a lot in life and also you had been capable of save up for this, how would you’re feeling now that you’re stranded in Manila and it’s undecided that you would be able to make the pilgrimage?” Hataman stated.


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