Hajj 2016 Repatriated female pilgrims to fly back on Tuesday

The spokesperson for the Hajj Board, Alhaji Alhassan Sunyini, said “we are working with the Saudi Arabian Embassy here in Ghana and the Immigration officials so that they can return with the flight that will be leaving tomorrow [Tuesday] morning.’’

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The National Hajj Committee says it is working tirelessly to get the 39 female pilgrims who were repatriated from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to go back on Tuesday.  

The spokesperson for the Hajj Board, Alhaji Alhassan Sunyini, told Accra-based Citi FM that the women were repatriated because of the laws in the country.

“It’s because of the laws of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; they do not expect female pilgrims who are below forty years to enter the country for Hajj purposes unaccompanied so if you are less than 40 years, you need to have a guardian and your guardian could be your husband, brother, cousin, or any family relative but there are times that because of our flight schedules and sometimes the process of acquiring visas, people do not go together with their guardian.’’

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But Alhaji Alhassan Sunyini said “we are working with the Saudi Arabian Embassy here in Ghana and the Immigration officials so that they can return with the flight that will be leaving tomorrow [Tuesday] morning.’’

A statement from the Pilgrims office said those repatriated comprised of 9 minors and 30 others categorised as being “without guardians because they are less than 40 years.”

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires that an adult male relative accompany all ladies less than 40 years old.

READ ALSO: Over 30 Ghanaian pilgrims repatriated from Saudi Arabia

The first batch of 500 out of 1500 Muslim pilgrims destined for the Hajj in Mecca departed on Friday 19, 2016 from the Tamale International Airport to Jedda, Saudi Arabia.

The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence.

The gathering during Hajj is considered the largest annual gathering of people in the world.

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