First batch of Hajj pilgrims from Srinagar leaves for Saudi Arabia; around 11,700 men and women to undertake Mecca pilgrimage this year

The first batch of 11,000 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir left for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday to perform this year's Hajj pilgrimage. The passengers will first go to Delhi and afterwards will board the direct flight to Jeddah. The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims.

Asian News International July 04, 2019 14:29:07 IST
First batch of Hajj pilgrims from Srinagar leaves for Saudi Arabia; around 11,700 men and women to undertake Mecca pilgrimage this year
  • The first batch of 11,000 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir left for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday to perform this year's Hajj pilgrimage

  • The passengers will first go to Delhi and afterwards will board the direct flight to Jeddah

  • The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims

Srinagar: The first batch of 11,000 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir left for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday to perform this year's Hajj pilgrimage. Special buses from the Srinagar Hajj House in Bemina area took the pilgrims to the Srinagar airport in the wee hours of Thursday.

First batch of Hajj pilgrims from Srinagar leaves for Saudi Arabia around 11700 men and women to undertake Mecca pilgrimage this year

Representational image. PTI

The passengers will first go to Delhi and afterwards will board the direct flight to Jeddah. The authorities had made special arrangements for the people in Srinagar and luxurious buses were hired for convenient travelling.

"This time there are around 11,700 pilgrims. All the agencies have given us support. So far, we are getting cooperation from the police and even the airport authorities. The first phase of Hajj is from 4 July 4 to 20 July," said Dr. Abdul Salam, CEO of Hajj Committee.

The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that is carried out at least once in their lifetime.

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