BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 30
By Klavdiya Romakayeva - Trend:
Malaysia expressed readiness to assist in promoting ziyorat (pilgrim) tourism in Uzbekistan during Friday prayers in mosques throughout the country, Trend reports referring to the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Malaysia.
The Ambassador of Uzbekistan Ravshan Usmanov and the Minister of Religious Affairs of Malaysia Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri discussed the preservation and revival of national, religious values, the study and promotion of the rich scientific and spiritual heritage of great Muslim scientists and thinkers, as well as the strengthening of religious tolerance.
The minister was informed in detail about the tourism potential of Uzbekistan, the conditions created for carrying out ziyorat tourism to the world-famous and revered Islamic shrines in the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara.
Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri noted interest in expanding cooperation with the relevant departments of Uzbekistan in the field of a joint study of the rich scientific and cultural heritage of the religion of Islam and the development of ziyorat tourism in Uzbekistan.
He said that the uniqueness of ziyorat tours to Uzbekistan lies in the fact that pilgrims will not only be able to get acquainted with the unique architectural monuments and Islamic shrines of the historical cities of Uzbekistan but also have the opportunity to study the heritage of the great religious scholars and theologians of the Muslim world.
In this regard, he expressed hope for an increase in the number of pilgrims from Malaysia to perform a small hajj under the special Umra Plus program before traveling to sacred Mecca after the opening of the borders of Malaysia.
Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri noted with regret that Malaysians are currently unable to travel outside their country due to the current restricted movement regime due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a groundwork for the future, the minister expressed his readiness to assist in the promotion of ziyorat tourism to Uzbekistan during Friday prayers in mosques throughout the country, as well as in the preparation of special reports by TV Alhijrah state Islamic TV channel under the Ministry of Religious Affairs for wide acquaintance with the Malaysian audiences with unique opportunities for the pilgrimage to Uzbekistan.
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