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Hajj 2024: Terms and Conditions for Hajj by Proxy

Jumat, 17 Mei 2024 - 23:03 | 15.17k
The Head of the Public Relations, Data, and Information Bureau of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Akhmad Fauzin. (Photo: MCH 2024 Kemenag RI)
The Head of the Public Relations, Data, and Information Bureau of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Akhmad Fauzin. (Photo: MCH 2024 Kemenag RI)

TIMESINDONESIA, MAKKAH – In the rich tapestry of Islamic traditions, Hajj stands as one of the most profound acts of worship, obligating Muslims to undertake a pilgrimage to the sacred city of Mecca at least once in their lifetime, provided they are physically and financially capable.

However, certain circumstances may prevent some believers from fulfilling this obligation. This will lead them to Badal Hajj. In such cases, Badal Hajj, or Hajj by Proxy, offers a solution rooted in compassion and communal responsibility.

What is Badal Hajj?

Badal Hajj allows one individual to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca on behalf of another who is unable to undertake the journey themselves due to valid reasons such as illness, advanced age, or financial constraints. This act exemplifies the spirit of solidarity within the Muslim community, ensuring that all believers have the opportunity to partake in the spiritual benefits of Hajj.

Eligible Groups for Badal Hajj and How It will be Conducted

Individuals who passed away while in the Hajj Embarkation Camps or during the journey to Saudi Arabia, or before the crucial ritual of standing at Mount Arafat. Pilgrims who are incapacitated due to illness and cannot perform the essential rituals of Hajj. Individuals experiencing mental health disturbances rendering them incapable of performing the pilgrimage rituals.

For your information, the registration of deceased pilgrims is conducted until the 9th of Zulhijjah at 11:00 AM local time in Saudi Arabia (WAS). Officials designated for Badal Hajj are prepared at the Hajj Coordination Office in Mecca. The officials depart for Arafat at 11:00 AM WAS on the 9th of Zulhijjah.

Badal Hajj officials perform the rituals, including standing at Arafat and completing all obligatory and essential Hajj rites until the entire process is concluded, ending with the symbolic act of head shaving (taqseer) to signify the end of the pilgrimage. Following the completion of the pilgrimage, the officials sign a declaration confirming the fulfillment of their duties.

The Certificate

Once all conducted, the Saudi Arabian Hajj Mission issues a certificate of completion for this ritual. The Badal Hajj certificate is then handed over to the respective flight group officials (kloter) to be delivered to the families of the pilgrims represented. This services are provided by the government free of charge there are no associated fees for its implementation.

Badal Hajj serves as a crucial mechanism ensuring that the rights of those unable to perform Hajj 2024 themselves are upheld. Through meticulous administration and adherence to established procedures, the Ministry of Religious Affairs, in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian authorities, ensures that the pilgrimage obligation is fulfilled for all eligible individuals, embodying the spirit of communal support and religious duty in the Islamic faith.

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