New Hajj law deals appropriately with ‘violating’ caravans: Awqaf

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KUWAIT CITY, May 1: Undersecretary of Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Fareed Emadi affirmed that the application of the new Hajj law deals appropriately with violating Hajj caravans and related advertisements placed in random locations and social media, reports Al-Qabas daily.

He stressed the need to supply the accommodations of pilgrims with all services as well as take advantage of the pilgrimage to enhance national unity and eliminate extremist thought without involving political matters.

Meanwhile, Emadi revealed that he met the Saudi Undersecretary of Ministry of Hajj last week to enable 1,000 Bedoun residents with Article 17 passport to perform Hajj pilgrimage similar to last year based on directives of Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Fahad Al-Afasi as well as based on efforts exerted by the Ambassador of Kuwait to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Thamer Al-Jaber.

Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has yet to take a decision concerning the mechanism of registering illegal residents (Bedouns) for this year’s pilgrimage, reports Al-Nahar daily. The daily quoting a source added the ministry is still studying the issue and will soon break all barriers to ensure the highest possible number of the segment performs the annual pilgrimage.

In the same vein, several bloggers have been tweeting the hashtag “Afasi should solve the problem to enable us perform Hajj rites”.

They are doing this to urge the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr Fahad Al-Afasi to give them the opportunity to perform the rites of the pilgrimage the same way his predecessor Mohammad Al-Jabri did. They urged the ministry to coordinate with concerned authorities in Saudi Arabia, and suggested the ministry should issue orders to each Hajj caravan to accept 15 Bedouns on a reasonable discount, adding the United Arab Emirates allows a large number of Bedouns to perform Hajj each year.

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