From Mohd Razman Abdullah
MADINAH: Thousands of Muslims from around the world,including Malaysia, are now in Saudi Arabia to take the opportunity to engage inÂ worship during Ramadan.
A sea of humanity was visible at the Nabawi Mosque here and the MasjidilÂ Haram in Makkah to worship, perform the ‘umrah’ (minor Haj) or just visit theÂ houses of God.
During the over 13-hour fasting period in a day, Muslims, other thanÂ performing the mandatory worship, also undertook numerous other activitiesÂ including reading the Quran and visiting historical sites.
Retired civil servant Mohd Hatta Jaafar, 59, of Pahang took the opportunityÂ of the month of Ramadan to perform prayers and seek renewal of the self.
“My sister and I took this opportunity to worship and perform the minorÂ Haj,” the father of two told Bernama, here, Thursday.
Mohd Hatta thanked Tabung Haji Travel and Services which had offered theÂ minor Haj package during Ramadan.
He said he and others could perform prayers comfortably because the companyÂ provided accommodation just 50 metres from the Nabawi Mosque.
A guide from Tabung Haji Travel and Services, Abu Hassan Wahab, said peopleÂ normally came to Saudi Arabia during Ramadan to seek great rewards from God.
A news agency report on April 28 quoted the Saudi Arabian government asÂ saying that 4.65 million minor Haj visas were issued since November last year.
The agency quoted Saudi Arabian Haj and Umrah Committee deputy chairmanÂ Abdullah Al-Qadi as saying that the number of pilgrims usually rose in May, JuneÂ and July. — BERNAMA