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Pilgrims Throng Saudi Arabia For Hajj

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From Mohd Razman Abdullah

MADINAH: Thousands of Muslims from around the world,including Malaysia, are now in Saudi Arabia to take the opportunity to engage in worship during Ramadan.

A sea of humanity was visible at the Nabawi Mosque here and the Masjidil Haram in Makkah to worship, perform the ‘umrah’ (minor Haj) or just visit the houses of God.

During the over 13-hour fasting period in a day, Muslims, other than performing the mandatory worship, also undertook numerous other activities including reading the Quran and visiting historical sites.

Retired civil servant Mohd Hatta Jaafar, 59, of Pahang took the opportunity of the month of Ramadan to perform prayers and seek renewal of the self.

“My sister and I took this opportunity to worship and perform the minor Haj,” the father of two told Bernama, here, Thursday.

Mohd Hatta thanked Tabung Haji Travel and Services which had offered the minor Haj package during Ramadan.

He said he and others could perform prayers comfortably because the company provided accommodation just 50 metres from the Nabawi Mosque.

A guide from Tabung Haji Travel and Services, Abu Hassan Wahab, said people normally came to Saudi Arabia during Ramadan to seek great rewards from God.

A news agency report on April 28 quoted the Saudi Arabian government as saying that 4.65 million minor Haj visas were issued since November last year.

The agency quoted Saudi Arabian Haj and Umrah Committee deputy chairman Abdullah Al-Qadi as saying that the number of pilgrims usually rose in May, June and July. — BERNAMA

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