Coordinating Minister For Human Development And Culture Reminds Pilgrims Of Hajj Candidates To Focus On Pursuing Mandatory Worship

AKARTA - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (Menko PMK) Muhadjir Effendy reminded pilgrims to focus on pursuing mandatory worship, not sunnah.

"So there is the sunnah of the Arbain Prayer or 40 times in Medina, it is good to pursue sunnah. But keep in mind that obligatory worship is not yet, especially obligatory which cannot be replaced, namely wuhkuf (silence) in Arafah, and a pilgrim should focus on Arafah, because there he will have to pray for reflection, contemplation," said Muhadjirdilan ANTARA, Tuesday, June 6.

Muhadjir said that wuhkuf worship requires a good mental and physical so that prayers from the pilgrims can be granted and accepted by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

"The sunnah is good, but don't let it burden me to become a masyaqqah or make it difficult, in the rules of fiqh, the masyaqqah must be sought for ease. If sunnah can't be done, so don't make it mandatory and then pursue it," said Muhadjir.

He said that this knowledge of mandatory worship and sunnah is beneficial for pilgrims so that they can measure physical conditions in the midst of hot weather in Saudi Arabia.

The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture also continues to coordinate with the Ministry of Religion (Kemenag) and the Government of Saudi Arabia to anticipate the problem of extreme hot temperatures.

"Later, how will a bucket be prepared and then given ice, so that it can be used for, especially the elderly, because the water is very hot, if possible, the elderly congregation should not use that (water). Indeed, yesterday when I checked in Arafah it was 42 degrees Celsius, while in Mina it was even hotter 45 degrees Celsius, it was very high. And I think the wusuf time will be around that," he said.

The Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture also emphasized the procedures for funerals for pilgrims who died during the pilgrimage. Currently, 21 pilgrims have died and will automatically be buried there.

"So if those who died in Medina in Baqi, if those who died in Mecca in Ma'la, have been coordinated. For funerals, it is a matter of there ( Saudi Arabian officers) and there is no need to dig, wong already has a hole, just put it in there to the hole," said Muhadjir.

In addition, he also strives for all pilgrims, including disabilities and the elderly, there are always companions from Hajj officers and Hajj officers who proactively serve the congregation.

"If the Hajj officers cannot supervise continuously, then try to be among the members of the group to be responsible, if it is not enough to be directed to the group leader," he said.

"I'll count it later, even though later there won't be one officer, one person in the group can be responsible for how many elderly people are immediately coordinated during the pilgrimage, but remember they all want to have a pilgrimage, want to worship, so don't burden other congregations," he continued.