Bahrain’s pilgrims told to follow Saudi rules

Filed on October 7, 2012

Bahrain has warned citizens intending to perform Haj this season to avoid politicising the rituals and follow the regulations of Saudi authorities.

Head of Haj and Omra Affairs at the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs Shaikh Abdulnasser Abdullah told the Press that the Supreme Haj Committee has taken measures to protect the spiritual values of Haj. “We will not allow any violation and the Bahrain Haj mission would assist Saudi authorities to distance non-religious issues from this season.”

He highlighted that 9,996 citizens would perform Haj this year, adding that 47 Haj caravans would transport them to the holy cities. Only three caravans were allowed to register 300 pilgrims each, while the rest were allowed to register 150-200 pilgrims each. Bahrain is trying to increase its quota of pilgrims and is waiting for approval from Saudi Arabia for the coming seasons.

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