JEDDAH – A new campaign to highlight the peaceful message of hajj was launched on Monday, August 6, in Saudi Arabia, as the holy lands prepare to welcome hundreds of thousands of pilgrims later this month.
The campaign, “Hajj is Worship and Civilized Behavior”, was launched 10 years ago by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to King Salman, Prince of Makkah Region and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee.
The five phases of the campaign are to honor Makkah, to stress the importance of welcoming pilgrims, to raise awareness of the importance of issuing Hajj permits.
It also aims at warning pilgrims of possible negative behaviors during Hajj, and finally as a thank-you for Hajj employees and to pilgrims for their commitment to guidance.
The number of pilgrims who arrived at King Abdul Aziz International Airport reached about 95,000 by early on Sunday, an increase of 7.6 percent from last year.
The number of pilgrims remaining in Madinah until Saturday evening reached 194,005, compared to 164,896 on the same day of the pilgrimage last year.
Muslims from around the world pour to Makkah every year to e perform hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.
Hajj consists of several ceremonies, which are meant to symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, and to commemorate the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family.
Every able-bodied adult Muslim who can financially afford the trip must perform hajj at least once in a lifetime.
Muslims who perform hajj properly return to their homes having all their sins washed way as promised by Prophet Muhammad.
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