The Syrian Coalition’s Supreme Hajj Committee announced that it was extending the deadline for submission of Hajj applications coming from Damascus to the Saudi consulate in Lebanon until August 2.
The Committee explained that the decision is meant to protect the safety of applicants who are facing administrative difficulties while crossing the Syrian border towards Lebanon. It called on applicants to check with the heads of their groups to confirm their applications before the deadline for submission of applications.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the Committee said that hajj is an act of worship that must not be exploited for political ends by any party. It stressed that over the past four years, it has served all Syrian pilgrims regardless of their political views as it stressed that it seeks to “serve all Syrians without restrictions or conditions.”
Starting August 15, the Committee will duly refund all those who withdrew their applications, the Committee said. It added that it will “conditionally” receive applications by Syrians born before the year 1980 and wishing to travel to perform hajj through Beirut Airport starting from August 7 until August 31. The number of applicants whose applications were received conditionally will depend on the number of the applications that will be withdrawn. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)