Indonesia’s Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi on Tuesday cancelled the departure of Hajj pilgrims for this year.
Fachrul during a press conference in Jakarta said the government has decided to cancel the Hajj 2020 as the Saudi Arabian authorities failed to provide certainty.
The minister explained that decision was made after much consideration, especially regarding health concerns. Adding that the global scale pandemic has affected the social aspects of religious worship, which is why the ministry had formed a Hajj 2020 crisis center early on. Fachrul expressed hope that Hajj can take place next year.
Indonesia has the largest continent of pilgrims with a quota of 221,00 people this year.
Singapore also announced last month that its citizens would not perform the Hajj this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dandal Kura Radio International observed that authorities in Nigeria would issues a similar statement to allow or cancel this year’s Hajj as discussion and talks currently undergoing between Nigeria and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as most Muslims does.