Although previously registered, those over the age of 65 will not be able to go for Hajj this time, said the State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan.
He made the remarks at a discussion at the Media Center at the Secretariat on Monday.
The discussion was titled ‘Digital Transactions in Shariah-Based Financial Management’ of Mobile Financial Services Nagad organized by Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum (BSRF) held at the secretariat in the capital.
Asked if those who have registered before but are above 65 years of age will be able to go for Hajj this time, the state minister said, “No, they cannot go. Saudi government has made this regulation those over the age of 65 cannot go for hajj.”
This year Hajj may be held in Saudi Arabia on July 9, subject to the sighting of the moon. According to the Ministry of Religion, 57,856 people will be able to perform Hajj from Bangladesh this year.
Earlier, no one from Bangladesh could go for Hajj in the last two years due to Saudi Arabia’s ban on Covid-19.
The state minister of religion said it was not possible to perform the Hajj in the last two years. This year we are going to perform Hajj by the infinite mercy of Allah. The bilateral agreement with Saudi Arabia will also be inked soon.
Noting that in other years there is a time of 4 months to 6 months to complete the process of Hajj, this time the time limit is 34 days only.
Hailing the Nagad authorities the State Minister Khan said, “Mobile finance service Nagad is becoming increasingly popular. For the last three years, Nagad Islamic has been providing various sorts of Shariah-based transactions, allowing the people of the country to conduct financial transactions digitally in accordance with the Islamic way of life.”
He said that customers they may manage their own accounts and keep their hard-earned money in an interest-free way, and they can also conveniently pay for other costs such as Hajj and Umrah travel and Islamic life insurance payments at home.
Also, present on the occasion were the Director of Imam Training Academy, Islamic Foundation of Bangladesh, Md Anisuzzaman Sikder, Chairman, Shariah Supervisory Committee of Nagad Islamic Professor H M Shahidul Islam Barakati, Executive Director of Nagad and member of Nagad Islamic’s, Shariah Supervisory Committee, Mohammad Aminul Haque, Tapan Biswas, President of BSRF and Masudul Haque, General Secretary among others.