Uzbekistan in 2017 will introduce online registration of pilgrims for Hajj

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotobesplatnoe in MeccaUzbekistan in 2017 will introduce online registration of pilgrims for Hajj© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

The Muslim Directorate of Uzbekistan in 2017 will introduce an online system of registration of pilgrims intending to perform the Hajj, in accordance with the government decree published on Tuesday.

The Hajj is one of the five pillars on which Islam is based. Pilgrimage to the Holy places in Mecca required to make at least once in a lifetime every Muslim. Hajj is divided into large and small. The lesser Hajj, in contrast to the great, a Muslim can make at any time of the year. In turn, big the Hajj is performed in dedicated this month of «Dhul-Hijjah (month of pilgrimage»). Due to the fact that the Muslim calendar is lunar, the time of the Hajj changes from year to year.

«The Committee on religious Affairs under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Ministry for development of information technologies and communications of the Republic of Uzbekistan in two-month term to implement on the official website of Directorate of Muslims of Uzbekistan a unified system of online registration of pilgrims of Hajj and Umrah with regular updates», — reported in the document.

In accordance with the resolution, this decision was made in order to comply with the «principles of objectivity and social justice in the formation of lists of those wishing to make the pilgrimage, and to ensure strict observance of the established rules of the organization of pilgrimage.» In particular, for the citizens, who had replaced permanent residence would continue to be a place on the Hajj.

The government also decided to conduct all phases of the medical examination of the pilgrims on a free basis in the unified medical institutions in Tashkent and regions of Uzbekistan. National airline «Uzbekistan Airways» have been instructed to take measures to reduce the cost of tickets for pilgrims.

The total quota of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from Uzbekistan to 2017 have increased by 20% compared with the year 2016 — to 13.2 thousand people. In particular, the quota for great Hajj increased 1.4 times — up to 7.2 thousands of pilgrims, the quota for the lesser Hajj – die — remained at the level of 6 thousand pilgrims (5,35 thousands of people in spring and 650 in the summer). The government of Uzbekistan has also requested Saudi Arabia to increase from 2018 quota will die from 6 thousand to 10 thousand people.