Malaysian pilgrim, 72, dies in Mecca

A file picture of Muslim pilgrims from all around the world doing tawaf, praying around the kaa'bah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during the haj and umrah periods.

SEPANG: A 72-year-old male Malaysian haj pilgrim has died in a hospital in Mecca after suffering a ruptured blood vessel on Friday, says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Mohd Na'im Mokhtar.

Speaking to reporters after a farewell ceremony for Malaysian haj pilgrims here on Saturday (May 26), he said Abnil Hajar Ismail from Jitra, Kedah was pronounced dead by the hospital at 10.30pm.

"Two days ago, we received the sad news of the first death among Malaysian haj pilgrims, involving a 72-year-old man.

"The death was due to a ruptured blood vessel. I take this opportunity to remind haj pilgrims to take care of their health. The weather is quite hot, so if possible, stay in the mosque or the hotel provided by Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH)," he said.

Mohd Na'im said that TH will provide free 'badal haji' (haj by proxy) services for Abnil Hajar, and this has been communicated to his family.

Badal haji refers to the performance of the haj on behalf of someone who has passed away without having performed it, or for someone who is physically incapable of doing so.

Meanwhile, Mohd Na'im reminded prospective haj pilgrims to focus fully on their haj rituals and comply with the regulations set by the Saudi Arabian government.

He noted that the haj operations managed by TH are running smoothly, with 16,000 Malaysian pilgrims having safely arrived in Madinah and Makkah since the first flight on May 9.

"TH is always reminded to provide the best services to the haj pilgrims.

"I advise the pilgrims who have arrived in the Holy Land and those who are about to depart to continually strengthen their knowledge related to haj rituals," he said.

There are 100 special charter flights for the 1445H/2024 haj season, which began on May 9, with the final flight scheduled for June 9. – Bernama

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