The cost of the Hajj in the following year will increase, says mufti

The cost of the Hajj pilgrimage to the Holy sites of Islam in Saudi Arabia to 2021 will increase due to the increase in VAT, the trip now costs an average of 3 thousand dollars, said Wednesday the first Deputy Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia, mufti of Moscow region Rushan Abbyasov.

"The average price of a single, plus-minus can be each region, depending on the package somewhere there is food, somewhere in there, somewhere closer to the places of pilgrimage, somewhere a little further away - overall, somewhere in the $ 3200 is a trip," said Abbyasov at the conference in MIA "Russia today".

He also said that Saudi Arabia still imposes an additional tax, increasing VAT to 15%, whereas last year the value added tax was only 5%. "So naturally the rise in prices next year. Because all will have to pay plus 10%," said Abbyasov.

According to him, those who could not go to Hajj this year due to the imposition by Saudi Arabia of restrictions in connection with the threat of coronavirus, tour operators offer to conclude spetssoveschanie, moving a trip for next year. "So they had discounts, some of the best conditions," - said Abbyasov.

In addition, presumably, from October, you can make die - lesser pilgrimage to Mecca.

"If they open the border and epidemiological situation will allow, and the Saudi authorities decide to do so, then starting in October, our pilgrims are already ready, already recorded in the group to commit the pilgrimage", - said the Deputy head of the Council of Muftis.

After the end of the Hajj is given one to two months for sanitary treatment, and then usually starts Umrah, he said.

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 can be made in the dedicated 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. Lesser pilgrimage (Umrah) a Muslim can make at any time of the year.