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Jakarta Post

Government cancels this year's haj

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 3 2020   /  11:03 am

Hundreds of thousands of Indonesian would-be pilgrims have had to put their haj plans on hold this year as the world’s largest Muslim-majority country has officially decided to cancel the 2020 haj over coronavirus concerns.Sri Kustini, 60, is just one of the people who had plans to embark on the haj this year. She has been waiting for years to go to Saudi Arabia, having registered for the pilgrimage in 2014. She said she had paid in February the full amount for the trip, which cost her hundreds of millions of rupiah in total.The resident of Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, said she found out about the government canceling this year’s haj from the news, which she forwarded to other would-be pilgrims. Her travel agent, Sri said, had yet to issue any announcement regarding the suspension.“Maybe Allah has yet to allow us to visit. We are neither disappointed nor upset. The...