Hajj: 2nd orientation exercise for FCT pilgrims begins Sat | Dailytrust

Hajj: 2nd orientation exercise for FCT pilgrims begins Sat

A picture taken on July 29, 2020 shows pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, ahead of the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage. – Mask-clad Muslim pilgrims began the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually one of the world’s largest religious gatherings. (Photo by STR / AFP)
A picture taken on July 29, 2020 shows pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, ahead of the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage. – Mask-clad Muslim pilgrims began the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually one of the world’s largest religious gatherings. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Barely a month to the commencement of the airlift of Muslim pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has intensified preparations for the second phase of orientation for its intending pilgrims.

The Director of the board, Mallam Muhammad Nasiru Danmallam, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, said the board had mapped out strategies to conduct a hitch-free Hajj despite the short time available to prepare.

The director explained that the intending pilgrims would be enlightened on the entire Hajj operations on Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, at the permanent Hajj camp near the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, from 8am daily. He explained that with a 1,537-seat allocation to the FCT for this year’s Hajj, the board had streamlined its preparation to ensure that intending pilgrims from the got the best services in line with the aspirations of the FCT Administration (FCTA).

He further said the board had already mobilised renowned Islamic scholars for the exercise to educate the intending pilgrims on Hajj rites, as well as new policies introduced for this year’s Hajj by the Saudi authorities and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

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