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First Hajj Pilgrims Due in Saudi Arabia on July 4

As millions of Muslims prepare to flock to Saudi for Hajj, the first flight is set to arrive on Thursday, July 4, carrying 301 Bangladeshis to Jeddah, Saudi Gazette.

Essam Fouad, director of King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), said the pilgrims would continue to arrive in the Kingdom by air, land, and sea until August 5.

Fouad added all services for Umrah pilgrims would come to a halt in 10 days, as a total number of 7 million have performed the minor hajj since the start of the Umrah season.

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All arrangements are in place to receive pilgrims, process their passports and group them to go either to Makkah or Madinah.

Muslims from around the world pour to Makkah every year to 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.

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Every able-bodied adult Muslim who can financially afford the trip must perform hajj at least once in a lifetime.

Hajj 2019 will commence on Friday, 9th of August 2019 and will continue till Wednesday, 14th of August 2019; in the evening time.