Registration of Hajj pilgrims begins in Iran

Registration of Hajj pilgrims begins in Iran

In a statement, the organization said Iranians who had preregistered for the pilgrimage years ago and were waiting for their turn to go to Mecca for Hajj can now sign up for the journey.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization announced the start of registration for the 2018 Hajj.

In a statement, the organization said Iranians who had preregistered for the pilgrimage years ago and were waiting for their turn to go to Mecca for Hajj can now sign up for the journey.

On Sunday, Head of the organization Hamid Mohammadi said Iran has sought an increased quota for the 2018 Hajj, adding that if the Saudi side agrees with it, 90,000 Iranians will make the pilgrimage this year.

He said more than 1.3 million Iranians who preregistered some ten years ago for attending Hajj are in line for making the pilgrimage.

Referring to the negotiations held with Saudi Arabia on Iranians’ participation in this year’s Hajj, he said the Hajj quota for Iran is expected to be the same as the previous year’s unless the Saudi side agrees with a request for an increase of 5,000 pilgrims.

In that case, Mohammadi said, as many as 90,000 Iranians will take part in the 2018 Hajj.

In 2017, some 85,000 pilgrims from Iran travelled to the holy sites in Saudi Arabia for Hajj.

A year earlier, more than 1.8 million pilgrims attended Hajj, but Iranians stayed at home after tensions between Riyadh and Tehran boiled over following a deadly crush of people during the 2015 pilgrimage.

On September 24, 2015, thousands of people lost their lives in the deadly crush after Saudi authorities blocked a road in Mina during a ritual, forcing large crowds of pilgrims to collide.

About 4,700 people, including over 460 Iranian pilgrims, were killed in the crush, which was the deadliest incident in the history of the pilgrimage.



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