Around 2 million Muslims from around the world have descended on Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Pilgrims from the countries such as India, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, China and Bangladesh have come to atone for their sins and ask God’s forgiveness.
Hajj began on Wednesday, August 30 and will last until Monday, September 4. It is also a very emotional moment for the pilgrims as many seen crying on their neighbor’s shoulder.
According to the Express, Saudi Arabia’s minister of culture and information, Dr. Awwad Alawwad said: “Hosting Hajj each year is an honor and a great responsibility for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one we hold dear to our hearts.”
Alawwad further added: “We spare no effort when it comes to the well-being of pilgrims and our number one priority is to welcome individuals from all over the world as they seek to fulfill their religious and spiritual duty.”
Saudi Authorities have deployed more than 100,000 members of the security forces and 30,000 members of the health workers.
Many pilgrims have shared their experience, Awfa Nejm who is from Syria said that he asked God to rebuild Syria and protect it from evils. All his Syrian brothers and sisters may return to the country.
A pilgrim from the Philippines, Noura Sulieman told that he prayed for his family, for his daughter, for his son and for all the Muslims living in the different parts of the world.
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