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* Sri Lankan Muslims' Haj pilgrimage at risk due to clash between two Ministers
Sat, Jul 12, 2014, 07:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Muslim community says that the Haj pilgrimage of the Sri Lankan Muslims is at risk this year due to a clash between two government Ministers.

Saudi Arabian authorities have provided opportunity for 2,240 Sri Lankan Muslims to participate in the Haj pilgrimage this year.

Sources say that the Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie and Deputy Minister for Environment and Renewable Energy and Hajj Committee co-Chairman Abdul Cader each have claimed half of the quota allocated for Sri Lankan for the Haj pilgrimage.

However, Deputy Minister Cader did not participate in a discussion held in regard of the pilgrimage and Minister Fowzie has taken steps to allocate the quota among 89 agencies.

The agencies accuse that the distribution of quota was unfair and a group has taken an injunction against sending Sri Lankan Muslims for Haj pilgrimage.

The case is to be taken up for hearing on July 17th. The closing date for submitting applications to Saudi Arabian authorities for Haj pilgrimage is the same date, sources say.

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