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
The first batch of Hajj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir flew to Saudi Arabia for annual holy Hajj pilgrimage.
340 aspiring Hajjis left for the holy city of Madina Munawarah in a direct Air India flight.
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.
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.
The Hajjis were thankful for “elaborate” arrangements at the Hajj House and Srinagar International Airport.
The second flight carrying another 340 Hajjis left the Srinagar International Airport for Madina Munawarah in the afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.