The Pakistani acclaimed singer Atif Aslam and famed actor Feroze Khan announced their departure for Makkah to perform Hajj which is expected to start next Friday on the 9th of August, The News reported.
“Happy to share something very big with all of you. Inshallah I’ll be leaving soon for the most important journey of my life,” said Aslam.
“Before departing for Hajj, I’d like to ask for everyone’s forgiveness, be it fans, family, friends. Apologies for hurting anyone’s sentiments. kindly keep me in your prayers,” the 36-year-old ‘In Dino’ singer added.
On the other hand, the 29-year-old ‘Dil Kya Karay’ actor also shared the news with his fans and followers on Instagram.
“I’d like to inform you all I’ve been invited to perform Hajj this year by the Supreme. I’d also like to ask forgiveness if I’ve hurt anyone here in any capacity! Sending you all lots of love,” Khan wrote.
Khan’s sister and renowned film star Humaima Malick congratulated her younger brother on the blissful journey and said: “My strongest hope and my strongest bound my all and my everything my brother. I love you to infinity.”
“I can never even begin to think to love anyone more than you in this entire world. I’d take all your worries and problems, that’s how much I love you. Everyone, say mashallah and pray for Feroze Khan he’s on Hajj. May Allah grant you the opportunity to perform your Hajj with patience and peace. Love you and I miss you already a lot.”
5th Pillar of Islam
Muslims from around the world pour to Makkah every year to perform Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.
Hajj consists of several rituals, 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.
Hajj 2019 will commence on Friday, 9th of August 2019 and will continue till Wednesday, 14th of August 2019; in the evening time.
According to the 2018 report of the General Authority of Statistics in Saudi Arabia, a total of 2,371,675 Muslims performed Hajj last year.
Millions out of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims apply for Hajj visa but due to a quota system, not everyone is able to come as the local authorities usually allocate 1,000 places for each million Muslim per country.
With another increase in the quota of Hajj pilgrims by 5,000, now over 184,210 Pakistanis will perform Hajj in 2019, making it the 3rd largest nationality in the 2019 season of Hajj.