20 October 2009, Tuesday, 18:29
author: Marina Shumilova
About 200 pilgrims will leave for hadj from Bashkortostan in 2009 and in a whole more than 20 thousand Muslims from Russia will go on pilgrimage to Mecca in accordance with the agreement between the Russian hadj-mission and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Council on religious affairs under Government RB has held the meeting on organization of the hadj with the representatives of the Central Clerical Muslim Dept of Russia and the Central Clerical Muslim dept RB, Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights in Bashkortostan, Ministry of health protection RB, the boundary control dept, the interregional pilgrimage center “IDEL-HADJ” and the tourist agency “AIRA-TOUR”, providing the services on hadj organization in Bashkortostan, today.
The financial crisis noticeably affected the number of people, wishing to take part in the hadj. The quote, allocated for Bashkortostan, is 300 people and about 200 people have filed applications for participation in the hadj for today, though the employees of “IDEL-HADJ” and “AIRA-TOUR” don’t rule out the number of pilgrims will grow up till the end of October. Besides, participants of the hadj from neighboring regions will join the pilgrims from Bashkortostan.
The pilgrimage center “IDEL-HADJ” organizes four kinds of hadj to the holy places of Mecca and Medina, different in directions and prolongation (14 and 27 days). The cost of the tour is 75-140 thousand rubles. The hadj for the pilgrims, who decided to avail themselves of the services of “AIRA-TOUR”, will cost about 80 thousand rubles.
All details of the pilgrimages’ sending off, potential problems and the ways of their solution were under discussion at the meeting. The representatives of Ministry of health protection RB and Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights insisted on the necessity to inoculate the pilgrims against seasonal flu and meningococcosis. As for the virus A (H1N1) – the pig flu, which can be met in some countries (14 people died because of the pig flu and about 80 are found in the hospitals in Saudi Arabia), the pilgrims have no time to be inoculated against it because total vaccination against pig flu will start in the country only in December, so a thorough medical control over the health of the pilgrims both during the hadj and after their coming back home is necessary. The Russian medical hadj-mission will be working in Saudi Arabia during the whole period of pilgrimage (about 100 medics).