KUALA TERENGGANU – Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) performed the ‘Haj-e-badal’ (proxy Haj) for nine pilgrims who died before they could perform the wukuf ritual (congregate at Arafah plains) this year.
TH deputy chief executive officer, Datuk Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said it was an additional service provided by TH for the deceased pilgrims.
“As of today, 14 pilgrims have died, nine before the wukuf and five others after the ritual.
“Of the 14 deaths, nine pilgrims died in Mecca, two in Medina, and one each in Mina, Muzdalifah, and in Putrajaya Hospital.
“TH is now working to ensure that all pilgrims in the Holy Land return to Malaysia safely,” he told reporters after visiting family members of the late Zakaria Abdullah, here, today.
He also organised a ‘tahlil’ prayer session for the deceased during the visit and handed out a contribution to Zakaria’s widow, Roslina Abd Rahim, 44.
Roslina said she was thankful to TH which had managed well the burial of her husband in Makkah on Sept 9.
“We, the family, are keeping strong during this trying time, and hope to be able to visit his grave in Makkah.
“I would also like to thank the 1 Ummah Foundation which offered to sponsor my Umrah to Makkah after my ‘iddah’ (the period a Muslim woman observes after her husband’s death) to give me the opportunity to visit my husband’s grave,” said Roslina, who will be peforming the Umrah with her two children, Muhammad Aliff Imran and Muhammad Aiman.
Zakaria died at 9.30 am (Saudi Arabian time) of a heart attack during prayers at the Grand Mosque, and was buried in the Syaraek Cemetery at 7.25 pm.
He served as the Hulu Terengganu Farmers Association manager and Tanah Lot Manir Village Development and Security Committee chairman, and was among 75 participants of the Prime Minister-Yayasan 1Malaysia Development Berhad Special Haj Programme, from Terengganu this year. – BERNAMA