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Deputy PM Hanafi encourages Afghans to perform Hajj if capable

KABUL: Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate for Administrative Affairs Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, encouraged the Afghan Muslim people to perform hajj as an obligatory ritual, a statement from his office said Sunday. In the opening ceremony of the first flight and the transfer process of the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, late last night Mawlavi Hanafi said that Hajj was one of the duties of Muslims and the final pillar of Islam and every eligible citizen has to perform it, the statement said. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Acting Prime Minister and Deputy PM for Political Affairs Mawlavi Abdul Kabir, Deputy PM Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, Minister of Information and Culture Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, Minister of Hajj and Islamic Affairs Dr. Noor Mohammad Saqib and some other high-ranking government officials, according to the statement. “It is obligatory upon every Muslim who has the financial and physical ability to perform it,” the statement quoted the deputy PM as Saying. He added that during the Hajj ceremony, all Muslims from any world country and of any color participate in the holy hajj ceremony by wearing white Ihram, all equally representing the unity of Muslims. Based on the order of the Supreme Leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada the Hajj and Umrah National Committee and the Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs, have provided round-the-clock services for better relocation of the country’s pilgrims inside and outside Afghanistan, according to the statement. He added that the costs of this year’s Hajj process are cheaper than last year, and no service fee has been taken from the pilgrims’ money in the collection and transfer, which is a kind of cooperation for the pilgrims. “Around 30,000 pilgrims from Afghanistan would visit Saudi Arabia to attend Hajj ceremony, this year,” the statement quoted deputy PM as saying. At the end, he thanked the Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs and other government agencies for not sparing any effort in providing comfort and better services to Afghan pilgrims during the Hajj ceremony, according to the statement. Mashal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.