Haj Process in Singapore

1 Introduction

1.1 Advanced Haj Registration System    

1.1.1  The Muis’ Advanced Haj Registration System (AHRS) is based on advance registration and on a first-come, first-served basis (on registration date). The AHRS was implemented since 27 September 1997.  

1.1.2  The AHRS allows the applicants to prepare early to acquaint themselves with the Haj rites and plan in advance his financial and other commitments such as leave applications. Muis would advise prospective pilgrims to plan and register early for their Haj. 

1.2 Haj Quota    

1.2.1  Haj is the fifth pillar of Islam. It is obligatory for able Muslims to perform the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca at least once in their lifetime if they have the means and the journey is safe for them. 

1.2.2  As at 2017, Singapore’s official Haj quota is 800, based on 0.1% of our Muslim population. This formula of 0.1% was decided by the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in 1987.The number of Haj places for the year of the Haj is subject to the availability of quota allotted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for that year.   

1.2.3  Muis will allocate the Haj quota granted by the Saudi authorities based on first-come, first-served basis with priority to first timers due to insufficient places to accommodate the number of Singaporean Haj pilgrims every year.    

1.2.4  Based on the revised policy, Muis will re-allocate the Haj registration year for the current Haj applicants and inform all affected applicants of their new allocated Haj year accordingly based on this revised policy.  

 

2 Allocated Haj Year    

2.1  The allocated Haj year means the year specified in the approval of that application as the year in which the applicant has been offered a place by Muis to perform the Haj subject to the availability of quota allotted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for that year. This is also subject to the prevailing Terms and Conditions of Muis Haj registration.   

 

3 Repeaters    

3.1  For those who wish to perform Haj again (i.e. repeaters), they can register but there will be a time-out period of 10 years before they are allowed to perform Haj again. Muis will cap repeaters to 10% of the places for any allocated Haj year.  

3.2    Exceptions for Repeaters

  • Muis will exercise some flexibility and make exceptions for repeaters who have performed the Haj less than 10 years, from their last Haj, due to special circumstances as follows:   

    (a) Repeater can register if he is a mahram of first timer female applicant below 45 years old who is eligible to go based on allocation, 

    (b) Repeater needs to render assistance to their immediate family members due to extenuating circumstances (aged, sick or disabled) and who are first timer applicants and are eligible to go based on allocation. Such cases will be considered on a case-to-case basis. For this, the repeater must appeal for Muis’ consideration before his registration is accepted. The appeal form must be completed and returned to Muis.

 

4 Notice to Perform Haj

  • Where an approval has been granted to an applicant to perform the Haj in the approved Haj year, Muis shall, before the performance of the Haj in the approved Haj year, issue Letter of Approval to perform Haj to that applicant to ascertain from him whether he is able to perform the Haj in the approved Haj year 

  • If the applicant informs Muis that he wishes to have the approval granted cancelled within the time stated in the notice by Muis, Muis shall cancel the approval 

  • If the applicant does not inform Muis that he is able to perform the Haj in the approved Haj year within the stated time allowed by Muis, Muis may cancel the approval granted

  • If the applicant informs Muis that he is not able to perform the Haj in the approved Haj year within the allowable time by Muis, Muis may, upon application by the applicant, defer the performance of the Haj to a different approved Haj year subject to the availability of quota for that year

  • If the applicant cannot perform the Haj in the year that it has been deferred, the approval granted shall be deemed to be cancelled

5 Cancellation of Application or Approval 

  • An applicant may, at any time, apply to Muis to cancel his application,

  • Muis may, at any time, cancel any approval granted if the applicant had furnished any information which is false or misleading.

6 One Deferment Allowed 

  • Any application by the applicant to Muis for the deferment of the performance of the Haj may only be made once,

  • If the applicant cannot perform the Haj in the approved Haj year that it has been deferred, the approval granted shall be deemed to be cancelled,

  • Those expelled from the Muis’ Haj register can submit a new application if he intends to perform Haj in future but at the end of the queue.

7 Fee to be Refunded upon Cancellation of Application or Approval 

Where any application or approval is cancelled or any approval is deemed to be cancelled, Muis shall refund the Haj administration fee paid less $50 as administrative cost to the applicant whose application or approval is or is deemed to be cancelled, as the case may be.  

8 Miscellaneous 

8.1 Haj administration fee collected by Muis is used to defray the costs incurred for the following:  

8.1.1 Singapore 

  • Muis’ Haj Unit services and operations (administration, printing and publication, etc.)

  • Purchase of medicines, medical supplies and equipment, sundries, etc.

  • Expenses incurred by Muis to send the Singapore Haj Mission to the Holy Land during Haj

8.1.2 Holy Land

  • Haj operations by the Singapore Pilgrims’ Affairs Office

  • Rental for clinics at Makkah, Madinah and Shisha

  • Accommodation and transportation

  • Rental of storage space for medical supplies and equipment, sundries, etc.

 

 

 

Last updated on 16/1/2018