Guid­ance at ev­ery step of the way

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MECCA: Tabung Haji (TH) will pro­vide reli­gious guid­ance to Malaysian pil­grims here through­out the haj sea­son to en­sure that they per­form the fifth pil­lar of Is­lam suc­cess­fully.

“Com­ple­tion of the pil­grims’ wor­ship will be led by reli­gious guid­ance, and it is im­por­tant. If they come with­out suf­fi­cient knowl­edge about haj, even if they stay in a lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel, they would fail in terms of wor­ship,” TH Op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor (Guid­ance) Tengku Aziz Raja Ab­dul­lah said.

He said pil­grims would be ex­posed to 12 reli­gious ser­mons dur­ing their stay, eight here and four in Me­d­ina. These ses­sions will re­view what they were taught in cour­ses con­ducted in Malaysia, and will cover the rules, rit­u­als and nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tions.

“For first timers to the Holy Land, there will be an im­por­tant ses­sion on their um­rah. We will clar­ify any doubt they may have. If they are not con­fi­dent of their first um­rah af­ter this ses­sion, there is still time to redo it be­fore pro­ceed­ing with haj rit­u­als.”

He said each mak­tab had two reli­gious guides, an us­taz for men and us­tazah for women, to re­solve any query about the pil­grims’ wor­ship. An­other av­enue is TH’s wor­ship hot­line (Talian Iba­dat, or Taib), avail­able from 7am to 12pm, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, and 8pm to 10pm.

“Two weeks be­fore wukuf un­til one week af­ter wukuf, Taib will op­er­ate 24 hours so that pil­grims can clar­ify is­sues or doubts about their wor­ship,” Tengku Aziz said.

He said there would be 49 haj fa­cil­i­ta­tors on duty this year, in­clud­ing three ex­perts for more com­pli­cated cases, namely for­mer di­rec­tor-gen­eral of Ja­batan Ke­ma­juan Is­lam Malaysia Datuk Wan Mo­hamad Sheikh Ab­dul Aziz, for­mer Fiqh lec­turer in Univer­siti Malaya Dr Anisah Ab­dul Ghani and Ma­jlis Agama Is­lam Jo­hor ad­viser Datuk Noh Gadut.

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