January 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm
One of the most important events in the life of a Muslim is the Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca, the cradle of Islam. This pilgrimage’s central role in Islam can be traced to the first pilgrimage by Muslims during the year 629, but most of the important elements and rituals are associated to the prophet Abraham. The hajj today involves millions of Muslims from all over the world, and is a major logistical challenge for the Saudi authorities and the origin countries of pilgrims. Due to the large number of pilgrims, there is an annual quota that countries must not exceed.
In Malaysia, a national entity known as Tabung Haji deals with the registration of pilgrims and the announcement of successful pilgrims. Tabung Haji has traditionally assisted pilgrims with the travel
arrangements, but with the country’s development, other options have opened up for those headed to the Holy Land.
Which brings us to MASUM (MATTA International Fair Selangor Umrah & Muslim Travel), the country’s only travel fair focusing on Umrah and Muslim travel destinations. Taking place at Shah Alam Convention Centre, the fair will last for three days, on 14th to 16th January 2011. Numerous exhibitors, including travel agencies, hoteliers, tourism offices, and airlines will be offering packages catered specially for Muslims. The fair will be open from 10 a.m. till 9.p.m. for the entire three day duration. For further information, visit the MASUM website at www.masum.com.my.
Photo (c) Camera Eye