Chairman of the Board, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, briefing journalists at Hajj Village

The last batch of Ghanaian pilgrims have safely returned to Accra after partaking in this year’s Hajj in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

They were bussed from the Kotoka International Airport to the Hajj Village and were welcomed with cheers from relatives and friends.

This year, a total of 6,000 pilgrims were successfully flown from Ghana to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj rituals.

The Chairman of the Board, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, made this known during a media briefing, after they successfully touched down in Accra.

This he said, the holy journey of the pilgrims to Mecca and back was “so far so good, and we can say that Allah has been merciful to us”, and added that all things they sought for – the blessings, favours and interventions – from God for themselves and the nation should come to pass.

Sheikh I.C. Quaye, also described this year’s Hajj programme as stress free.
According to him, allocation of hotels and assignment of hotels to pilgrims in Madinah, Makkah, Mina and Arafat were carried out very well by the Security personnel.

Feeding of pilgrims was equally good. There were variety of dishes and desert including fruits and
drinks. No pilgrim can claim scarcity of food or drinks during this hajj. Some pilgrims from our neighboring countries from West Africa benefited from our extra meals.

The pilgrims and their leadership commended Ghana for its openness and acceptance of neighboring African brothers and sisters.

Transportation from Madinah to Mecca then to the holy grounds of Mina and Arafat was well organized and arrived timeously to pick pilgrims.

“The medical team operated eight (8) clinics as follows:

• Clinic in Madinah
• Clinics in Mecca
• Clinics in Arafat
• Clinics in Mina

Medical services were provided to non-Ghanaians from Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo and Mali.
There were 110 pregnancies. One (1) miscarriage and 1 operated and discharged patient with appendicitis.

The major medical challenge were the many pregnancies coupled with the lack of collaboration by some two key women. This year 2019 registered the lowest mortality ever in the history of hajj in Ghana,” he highlighted.

He therefore thanked the government for its unflinching support and making this year’s pilgrimage to the Holy city of Mecca a remarkable one.

He also expressed his profound gratitude to the pilgrims for their cooperation which he said made the pilgrimage more successful than it has been in previous years.

About Hajj

Hajj is an annual pilgrimage to the Holy city of Mecca where Muslims perform various rituals as part of an Islamic obligation.

It is the fifth pillar of Islam, which enjoins every Muslim who can afford, and is physically fit, to embark on the pilgrimage, at least once in their lifetime.

Each year, millions of Muslims from all parts of the world converge on Saudi Arabia to praise Allah, express appreciation to Him for His mercies and also seek blessings and forgiveness for their trespasses as part of the rituals.

Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh

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