Hajj Pillgrimage 1441H/2020M Suspension
- The outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak worldwide has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020.
- The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic poses serious public health risks worldwide. The outbreak has affected more than 7.4 million people while over 418 thousand have been killed.
- In Saudi Arabia alone, as of June 10, 2020, there are over 112 thousand cases of Covid-19 infection, with over 40 thousand cases in Makkah and 11 thousand cases in Medina.
- According to the official statement made on June 11, 2020, the Government of Malaysia has made the final decision to postpone Hajj pilgrimage for Malaysians, for safety, health and well-being of Malaysians.
- Debited Hajj Fees will be refunded in full to their respective TH accounts soon.
- Refunded Hajj Fees are eligible for the profit distributions that will be announced for the year 2020.
- The decision of the Malaysian Government to delay the pilgrimage to the Holy Land this year has taken into account various aspects following the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak worldwide. In the current situation, the Covid-19 outbreak is still a threat to lives around the world.
- TH believes the Government's decision is for the best for everyone involved. The postponement of the pilgrimage has occurred in the history of the world before.
- The welfare, safety and health of pilgrims from all over the world who would gather in the Holy Land is very important in during every pilgrimage season.
- As we all know that in the obligation of performing the pilgrimage it is subject to one's ('Istito'ah') ability.
- Among the features of Istito'ah are health, safety, finance and quota (i.e. being selected as a pilgrim).
- TH advises all pilgrims to be at ease and accept this decision.
- With the sincere intentions and continued efforts of the pilgrims, we pray that Allah will reward us accordingly if we are sincerely accept His provisions.
- TH advises all pilgrims this year to take the opportunity to further enhance their knowledge in pilgrimage and to make proper preparations in terms of spiritual, physical, health and finance.
- Let us increase our prayers to Allah, that we may be chosen as his Honoured Guests in the upcoming pilgrimage season.
- TH will be giving priority to the originally selected 1441H/2020 pilgrim candidates for consideration for the 1442H / 2021 hajj season.
This year's official hajj quota for Malaysia is 31,600.
Each Hajj Pilgrims Management Company (PJH) licensed by TH shall return the payments of the hajj package to the pilgrimage candidates who have made the payments subject to the terms of the agreed package between the pilgrims and PJH.
All Malaysians are not allowed to perform this year's pilgrimage even using furada visas.
Hajj Costs and Hajj Fees are determined and announced during the current year for each Hajj season.
The pilgrims whose turn are confirmed and are supposed to perform the pilgrimage this year (1441H / 2020) will be given priority for the next year (1442H / 2021).
For those who have appealed and whose appeals to perform the hajj this year (1441H / 2020) have been approved by TH, their hajj appeal approval is considered void and they must submit a new appeal for 1442H / 2021 season to TH.
Yes, they will have to go for a re-examination, as the health examinations’ validity is for six (6) months only.
The pilgrims who have appealed and have been approved for pilgrimage this year (1441H / 2020), will need to submit a new pilgrimage appeal next year (1442H / 2021) for TH’s review.
Every pilgrim must pass a health check by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Pilgrims will also need to comply with the latest health requirements set by the Saudi Government to perform the pilgrimage.
The Government of Malaysia will decide on the sending of pilgrims next year (1442H / 2021) based on the current situation and based on any decisions made by the Saudi Government at that time.
- No need to re-take mandatory injections (meningococcal) if the validity period has not expired (3 or 5 years according to the type of injection taken) before next year's hajj season.
- Additional injections i.e pneumococcal (5 years) and influenza (1 year): also depends on the validity of the injections.
- Pilgrims are advised to review the vaccine injections information in the Pilgrim Treatment Record (BRRJH) or refer to the hospitals/health clinics where the injections were taken.
- It is unlikely that future pilgrims who are supposed to perform the hajj in 1442H/2021 will have to wait another year as it is subject to the current quota vacancy.
- The hajj pilgrimage candidates for 1442H/2021 will be given the first priorities for pilgrimage next year, after candidates for 1441H/2020 have been given their priorities.
- The Hajj Resolution Muzakarah (Resolusi Muzakarah Haji) in 2019 has established that the istitho'ah principle of either physical (badaniyyah) or health (sihhiyyah) is one of the mandatory requirements of Hajj pilgrimage.
- If a doctor confirm that the pilgrim is at high risk for developing Covid-19 disease during the hajj season, then the pilgrim with a chronic illness will be considered ineligible in terms of their physical and health status.
- Therefore, the obligation to perform the pilgrimage is inapplicable for the said pilgrim.
Each year, TH will appeal for additional hajj pilgrimage quota from the Saudi Government to allow more Muslims in Malaysia to perform the pilgrimage.
- The Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad when dealing with an outbreak of a disease that infects a place is narrated according to the following hadith: -
“If you hear of an outbreak of a country, then do not enter it. And if you are in that area do not go out to escape it ” (HR. Bukhari & Muslim)
- Since the whole world including Malaysia and Saudi Arabia are still suffering from the outbreak, the postponement of Hajj Pilgrimage for 1441H / 2020 is a part of the world-wide solution.