14,000 pil­grims ar­rived in Mecca in good health

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MECCA: More than 46 per cent of Malaysian pil­grims for this year’s haj sea­son have ar­rived in Saudi Ara­bia, deputy head (pil­grim wel­fare) of the 1438H haj sea­son Nur­rin Anuwar Sham­sud­din said.

He said as of Wed­nes­day, some 14,000 Malaysian pil­grims had ar­rived in the Holy Land, with 10,900 in Me­d­ina and the rest in Mecca. Malaysia’s haj quota for this year is 30,200 pil­grims.

“Those in Me­d­ina have started en­ter­ing Mecca from Aug 1, be­gin­ning with flight KT01, which ar­rived in Me­d­ina on July 24,” Nur­rin Anuwar said.

Pil­grims who ar­rive in Mecca must first per­form the um­rah, af­ter which they are free from their state of ihram and can wear nor­mal clothes. Dur­ing this pe­riod, they will con­tinue with re­li­gious wor­ship in prepa­ra­tion for wukuf in Arafah, ten­ta­tively sched­uled for Aug 31.

“We have pre­pared pro­grammes and brief­ings for the pil­grims at their re­spec­tive mak­tab.

“There are eight mod­ules on re­li­gious guid­ance, four mod­ules for ad­min­is­tra­tive mat­ters and one mod­ule on health,” Nur­rin Anuwar said.

He said so far, Malaysian pil­grims were in good health, with less than 10 pil­grims un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the med­i­cal cen­tres in Me­d­ina for fa­tigue and fever.

There are no med­i­cal cases re­ported in Mecca, yet.

“Al­ham­dulil­lah (praise be to God), our pil­grims are tak­ing good care of their health.”

A to­tal of 110 flights have been sched­uled to ferry Malaysian pil­grims for this year’s haj sea­son, with 46 land­ing in Me­d­ina and 64 in Jed­dah. So far, 37 flights have ar­rived, with 29 in Me­d­ina and eight in Jed­dah.

Mean­while, Tabung Haji of­fi­cers are al­most at full strength with 565 of the over­all 600 al­ready op­er­at­ing in Jed­dah, Me­d­ina and Mecca.

Nur­rin Anuwar said the rest would be ar­riv­ing this week.

Part of the Malaysian pil­grims who ar­rived in Saudi Ara­bia yes­ter­day.

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