First batch of Egyptian pilgrims to journey to Saudi Arabia on Friday for Hajj – Society – Egypt


File Picture: Muslim pilgrims carry out prayers across the Kaaba, Islam s holiest shrine, on the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia s holy metropolis of Mecca on August 7, 2019. AFP


Egypt’s Social Solidarity Minister Nevine El-Qabbaj introduced on Saturday that the primary batch will embrace 225 pilgrims touring below the sponsorship of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), with the remaining batches following by 2 July.

The minister directed subordinates to lift their preparedness, present the perfect companies and overcome any obstacles in order that the pilgrims can carry out the rituals simply.

She famous {that a} delegation from the ministry can be despatched to Saudi Arabia to examine inns and overview all particulars, earlier than the arrival of the primary batch.

Greater than 17,500 Egyptians utilized to get Hajj visas sponsored by NGOs this yr, with 3,000 awarded in accordance with the quota for this yr, the assertion added.

About 1,100 pilgrims will journey on to Medina whereas 1,900 others will land at Jeddah at first, the ministry said.

In earlier remarks, El-Qabbaj stated the variety of NGO visas in 2022 had gone down from 12,000 to three,100 after Saudi Arabia restricted the variety of pilgrims as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Saudi Arabia introduced earlier that it could resume receiving non-Saudi pilgrims who need to carry out the Hajj following a two-year hiatus as a result of pandemic.

Hajj is among the world’s largest non secular gatherings; about 2.5 million folks took half in 2019. The variety of pilgrims Saudi Arabia will obtain in 2022, nonetheless, will lower by 40 p.c to 1,000,000 folks – Saudi and non-Saudi alike – in comparison with the numbers it hosted earlier than the outbreak.

After the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Saudi authorities allowed just one,000 pilgrims to take part.

The Hajj season is predicted to begin on 7 July and can conclude on 12 July.

All succesful Muslims are required to carry out the Hajj pilgrimage, one of many 5 pillars of Islam, as soon as of their lifetime. The hajj consists of a collection of spiritual rites which are accomplished over 5 days in Islam’s holiest metropolis, Mecca, and surrounding areas of western Saudi Arabia.

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