TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Minister of Religious Affairs Yakut Cholil Koumas reminded Indonesians Hajj Pilgrims should take care of their health after conducting a series of pujas at the peak of Hajj to avoid fatigue and suffering from health problems.
“In order to avoid fatigue, let us take care of our health. Adjust our activities based on our physical abilities,” Koumas said on Saturday, quoting the Hajj Media Center of the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The minister reminded the Indonesian congregation that there are still some series of worship that require physical strength, such as Tawaf Ifdah, circumambulating the Kaaba seven times, which had to be performed before returning to the country.
Kumas said pilgrims still have time to perform tawaf ifdah, except for those who returned to Indonesia in the first wave.
The minister also pointed out that compared to last year’s Haj, the number of Indonesian pilgrims who died during Haj this year was very less.
During the Hajj pilgrimage this year, till the 43rd day of the operation of the Haj service, 54 people out of a total of 100,051 members of the Indonesian congregation had lost their lives.
However, Minister Koumas highlighted that nine Indonesian pilgrims have died in the past three days.
He said the number of pilgrims who died during the pilgrimage in previous years was more than this year.
According to government figures, the number of Indonesian Haj pilgrims who died by the 43rd day of the operation of the Haj service was 463 in 2015, 224 people in 2016, 390 people in 2017, 206 people in 2018 and 241 people. in 2019.
Kumas also praised the work of health officials, who provided prompt service and assistance to ailing Indonesians. Hajj Pilgrims in Mina
“His work was extraordinarily helpful to our pilgrims,” he said.
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