Somalia’s Hajj Committee Consults with Saudi Authorities in Makkah

The Hajj committee from Somalia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs convened with Saudi Arabian representatives in Makkah on Sunday.

Review of Housing for Somali Pilgrims

The Somali committee evaluated the lodging arrangements for Somali pilgrims, confirming that the facilities met the required standards. Approximately 11,000 Somali pilgrims are anticipated to take part in this year’s Hajj, with the committee managing travel and logistics.

Establishment of Hajj Committee

The creation of this Hajj committee was declared in October 2023. Made up of nine key individuals, the committee supervises the Hajj Tasks Competition, a crucial process to improve the quality and effectiveness of services for Somali pilgrims.

Duties of the Hajj Committee

The committee’s duties include assessing organizations’ compliance with health and safety standards, providing accommodation and transportation, facilitating visas and passports, and ensuring adherence to Islamic principles. This assessment ensures a seamless and organized Hajj experience, which is a priority for the Somali government.

High Expenses of Hajj for Somali Citizens

Despite these measures, the expense of the Hajj pilgrimage for Somali citizens remains high. The Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs set the 2024 fee at $4,434, slightly lower than the previous year’s $4,484 but still significantly higher than fees for neighboring countries like Djibouti, Kenya, and Ethiopia, where costs can be as low as $1,600. Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre criticized certain agencies for increasing prices and adding to the tensions over high costs.

Claims of Mismanagement

The Somali government has been accused of mismanagement in past years. In 2023, Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ) refused to cooperate with the Ministry, claiming favoritism in the selection process for Hajj vendors. The Ministry has warned that it will act against companies that overcharge Somali pilgrims.

First Batch of Somali Pilgrims Reach Madinah

The first batch of Somali pilgrims arrived in Madinah on May 16, 2024.

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