The Russian Federation asked Saudi Arabia to raise the quota for Hajj pilgrims of Crimea
The Hajj mission of Russia appealed to the Saudi authorities with a request to increase the Russian quota for Hajj this year to 17 thousand people from behind entering the last year of the Crimea into the Russian Federation, said 1st Deputy head of the Council of Muftis of Russia (SMR) Rushan Abbyasov.
"This year the quota remains the same as last year - 16, 4 thousand places. However, We wish in connection with the annexation of Crimea to us for 600 people has increased. When We were recently on a business trip in Saudi Arabia headed by Ilyas Umakhanov, the Commissioner for the Hajj under the government of the Russian Federation, We have passed this request to the Saudi authorities and is currently waiting for the Ministry's official response, " said Abbasov.
according to his statement, now the Russian Hajj operators accredited to the spiritual administration of Muslims, have already started to collect pilgrims. This year the pilgrimage to the Holy sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina falls in September.
"The holiday of Eid al-Adha begins on 24 September, but our pilgrims will travel from Russia somewhere in the beginning or in the 10th of September. At first we feared that because of the fall will be some decline, but now, as you can see, the financial and economic situation is stable, and all the more believers would desire to go on Hajj. God forbid that we have increased the quota, " said Abbasov.
He added that Saudi Arabia also drove the mufti of Crimea Emirali Ablaev, " accentuated by the Saudis that if previously Crimeans went to Hajj quota of Ukraine, now they already hold Russian passports and, of course, also need additional quota." We have to have places for them, handed over from Ukraine to Russia ", - explained the Deputy head of the CMP.
Full text of the interview with Rosana Abbasova read on the Internet office of the Fins news www. Ria. EN.