The quota for the lesser Hajj for people of Uzbekistan increased almost two times

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotobesplatnoe in MeccaThe quota for the lesser Hajj for people of Uzbekistan increased almost two times© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

The government of Saudi Arabia has increased the quota for Umrah (small Hajj) for the Uzbek pilgrims in 2018 almost two times — up to 10 thousand people, reported RIA Novosti on Thursday representative of the Administration of Muslims of Uzbekistan.

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 great 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 lesser Hajj, a Muslim can make at any time of the year.

The representative of management reported that on the eve of the meeting of the management Committee on religious Affairs of Uzbekistan Board of Muslims of the Republic and of the company Al-Hidaya of Saudi Arabia, the government partner regarding trips to Hajj and Umrah in Mecca.

«At the end of the meeting the parties signed a contract for die-2018. According to the document, 10 of thousands of citizens of Uzbekistan in 2018 will have the opportunity to perform the Umrah rites,» — said the Agency interlocutor. Still a small quota for Hajj was 6 thousand people.

The sides discussed the issues of improving the quality of transportation and accommodation services, as well as the conditions for the preparation of food during the Hajj, said the representative of the clergy.

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 die remained at the level of 6 thousand pilgrims.