Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Hajj-2022 (1443 Hijri) program today. She also urged everyone to respect the dignity of Islam, the religion of peace.
“Islam is a very peaceful and holy religion, which is the best religion, so it is the duty of all of us to maintain its dignity,” she said.
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The prime minister opened the program at the Hajj camp in the capital, Ashkona, virtually from her official Ganobhaban residence.
She also called on hajj pilgrims to pray for Bangladesh so that the country and its people can stay safe from natural disasters and pandemics like Covid-19 and lead a decent life.
“Bangladesh is making economic progress today. So pray that we can move forward in the development process and that every person in the country can have room for their food, clothing, shelter, health insurance and her education, and thus have a better and decent life,” she said.
Hasina also asked the pilgrims to abide by the rules and laws of Saudi Arabia when performing their hajj rituals. “It is the duty of all of us to defend the dignity of the country. Keep that in mind,” she added.
The first hajj flight, carrying 419 pilgrims from Bangladesh, is due to depart next Sunday for Saudi Arabia. As the situation of the coronavirus has improved a little, this year the Holy Hajj will be held (on July 08 according to the sight of the moon) with a million pilgrims from all over the world. Among them, 57,585 hajj pilgrims come from Bangladesh.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, 127,198 pilgrims from Bangladesh performed the hajj in 2019.
The Prime Minister also exchanged pleasantries with the pilgrims and asked them to offer prayers for the people of Bangladesh and their family members who were brutally killed in 1975.
Minister of State for Religious Affairs, Md. Faridul Haque Khan presided over the inaugural ceremony.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali, Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh Essa Yussef Essa Al Dulaihan, Religious Affairs Secretary Kazi Enamul Hassan and Chairman of the Association of Hajj Agencies of Bangladesh (HAAB) Shahadat Hossain Taslim also spoke on this occasion.