Hajj travel costs (Bipih) may be subject to adjustments.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — The Director General of Hajj and Umrah at the Ministry of Religion, Hilman Latief, said the cost of the pilgrimage (Bipih) may be adjusted due to an increase in a number of items, such as accommodation and transportation.
“Next year, there will likely be proportional financing,” said Hilman Latief in Jakarta, Friday (23/9/2022).
Bipih is a sum of money that must be paid by citizens who will perform the pilgrimage. In 2022, the Bipih paid by the congregation is Rp. 39.8 million of the total hajj fee IDR 98 million.
That number has increased compared to the previous year’s implementation. Bipih 1441H/2020 is IDR 35,235,602. Quantity bipih 2020 is the same as Bipih in 2019.
“We must maintain the continuity of the pilgrims who will depart by guarding the finances of the pilgrims,” he said.
Hilman alluded to the importance of pilgrims understanding the concept of istitha’ah (ability) which is a requirement for Hajj. According to him, the concept includes physical ability (health) as well as material (hajj costs). The obligation of Hajj is for those who istitha’ah.
“Congregants should be given more understanding regarding istitha’ah, including the cost aspect,” he said.
Previously, Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said the quota of Indonesian pilgrims next year is likely to increase compared to 2022, which is only 100,051 people. The addition of this quota has an impact on preparations that must be more mature.
Therefore, the Minister of Religion requested that this challenge be anticipated by his staff at the Directorate General of Hajj and Umrah Organizers (PHU). The Minister of Religion advised that the preparation of future Hajj services be more mature and detailed so that not many things are missed.
Regarding Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, Yaqut asked that appropriate mitigation be prepared if the implementation of the Hajj in the future no longer involves the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“For that, in the future, I ask that there must be many innovations. Like the cooling jackets that have been tried this year, maybe it needs to be provided for officers in the field. Likewise, fast track services can be expanded, not only in Jakarta, but also in Central Java and East Java, ” said the Minister of Religion