#Day33: The Sacred Journey

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Amid mass civil uprising, 680 Kashmiri aspiring Hajj pilgrims left for Madinah Munawarah on Wednesday. Kashmir Life’s Bilal Bahadur captures the departing moments on the sacred journey

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The first batch of Hajj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir flew to Saudi Arabia for annual holy Hajj pilgrimage.

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340 aspiring Hajjis left for the holy city of Madina Munawarah in a direct Air India flight.

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The pilgrims who left for the holy city in the first flight included 238 from Islamabad, 56 from Srinagar, 11 from Baramulla, 8 each from Kulgam and Shopian, 6 from Pulwama, 4 from Budgam, 3 from Jammu and 2 each from Kupwara and Ganderbal.

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The intending pilgrims were wished well-being and smooth conduct of Hajj-e-Baitullah. They were asked them to pray to Allah for peace and progress of the state as well as safeguarding its people from the tragedies and miseries of violence and bloodshed.

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The Hajjis were thankful for “elaborate” arrangements at the Hajj House and Srinagar International Airport.

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The second flight carrying another 340 Hajjis left the Srinagar International Airport for Madina Munawarah in the afternoon.

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The pilgrims boarding the second flight included 197 from Islamabad, 79 from Bandipora, 36 from Srinagar, 8 from Baramulla, 6 from Pulwama, 5 from Kulgam, 4 each from Budgam and Ganderbal  and one from Shopian.

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As reported earlier, 6457 Hajis from J&K are scheduled to perform Hajj this year. They will be flown to Madina Munawarah from Srinagar International Airport in 20 flights with two flights operating each day.

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All arrangements of transportation, boarding and lodging, luggage checking and security at Srinagar Hajj House and hassle-free screening of baggage, refreshment, food, Nimaz, distribution of travel documents and issuance of boarding passes at the Srinagar Airport are in place for the Hajj pilgrims.

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Hajj is an annual pilgrimage to holy cities of Makkah Muazamah and Madina Munawarah in Saudi Arabia by Muslims. It is one of the five important pillars of Islam.

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