Monday, 8 August, 2022

56,952 from Bangladesh reach KSA for hajj

26.18pc pilgrims are businessmen, 16.25pc service holders

Some 56,952 Bangladeshis have travelled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to perform the holy Hajj till Sunday.

According to the demographic statistics of Bangladeshi pilgrims published by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, 26.18 per cent of the pilgrims are businessmen, 16.25 per cent are service holders, 8.52 per cent are farmers and 4.98 per cent are retired persons.

Also, 29.60 percent of the total Hajj pilgrims are housewives, the ministry data said.

Besides, among the Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims, 61.58 per cent are over 60 years old, 65.82 per cent are 41-60 years old, 12.4 per cent are 18-40 years old and 0.56 per cent are aged less than 18 years.

Some 65 percent of the pilgrims are men while 35 percent are women, says the ministry.

Of the eight divisions, Dhaka division has the highest number of pilgrims. Some 37 per cent of the pilgrims belong to this division. Some 18 per cent of the pilgrims are from Chattogram, 18 per cent        from Rajshahi, 7 per cent from Khulna, 9 per cent from Rangpur, 6 per cent from Mymensingh, 3 per cent from Barishal and 2 per cent from Sylhet.

Meanwhile, one more Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims passed away while performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia, taking the total death toll to 12.

The deceased has been identified as Md Khaybar Hossain, 55, a pilgrim from Rangpur district. His passport number is EF0156162. He died on Sunday in the holy city of Mecca, said Bangladesh Hajj Management Portal.

Earlier, seven male and four female Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims died in the Kingdom after reaching there to perform the holy Hajj this year.

This year, 57,585 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj. Of the total pilgrims, 4,000 will go to Saudi Arabia under the government arrangement and 53,585 under private management.

The first Hajj flight left the country for Saudi Arabia on June 5 and the last flight is scheduled for July 5. After the holy Hajj, the return flight will start on July 14 and continue until August 14.

This year the holy Hajj will be held in Saudi Arabia on July 8.