Muslims advised to be wary of cheap umrah packages by Malaysian Tourism Minister

Published on : Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Malaysian TourismCiting the rise of umrah fraud, Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz advised Muslims to be wary of offers of umrah packages which are below the ceiling price of RM4, 900 approved by the Umrah Regulatory Council (MKSU).

He said umrah fraud was on the rise with victims mostly from the less-affordable group.

“I am surprised there are people who cheat in the name of religion, cheating the village people, some of them selling their land (to go for umrah),” he told reporters after giving a keynote address at the Round-Table Conference of National Imam: Tourism Mosque Edition here Tuesday.

The ʿUmrah’ is a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year, in contrast to the Hajj. In Arabic, Umrah means “to visit a populated place”.


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