To Mecca Hajj pilgrims to fly 500 to Saudi Arabia

The pilgrims who will be flown in three batches from today to Sunday will travel via Saudi Airline, Fly Nas.

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The first batch of Hajj pilgrims will fly from the Tamale International Airport to Jedda, Saudi Arabia today.

About 500 out of 1500 Muslim pilgrims destined for the Hajj in Mecca are set to depart.

The pilgrims who will be flown in three batches from today to Sunday will travel via Saudi Airline, Fly Nas.

The Hajj takes place from the 9th to the 15th of Zul-Hijjah which is the last month of the Hijri calendar.

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.

Read more: Muslim prigrims to be flown from Tamale airport

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

President John Mahama is expected at the Tamale Airport to see off the about 500 pilgrims.

Alhaji Mohammed Amin Lamptey, Deputy Public Relations Officer of the National Hajj Committee said, "This year, Saudi Arabia have developed a new strategy where each pilgrim will get a gadget to identify pilgrims; where they are coming from, the language they speak, and that particular gadget would help to monitor and evaluate pilgrims when they are participating in this year’s rituals."

The refurbished facility will see the maiden flight of Muslims from Northern Ghana to Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

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