PM Lee wishes Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Haji
Singapore pilgrims arrive at the Haj terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS))
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (Sep 1) wished Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Haji.In a Facebook post, Mr Lee also wished Singapore’s pilgrims performing the Haj in Mecca a "meaningful Haj and a safe journey home"."Every year, pilgrims from all over the world gather in Mecca to perform one of the world’s largest annual pilgrimages," he said. "This year, the Saudi authorities have increased our Haj quota from 680 pilgrims to 800. I am glad more Singaporeans have the chance to perform the Haj."He added that as a "gesture of appreciation", this year's Singapore Haj delegation was led by Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim.Mr Lee also commended the Korban rites being performed in Singapore's mosques.
"Back home, Muslims also perform the Korban (sacrifice) rites today at the mosques," he said. "The meat will then be distributed to the poor and needy.
"This ritual is a good reminder to share our blessings in the spirit of gotong-royong and compassion."