Hajj : The Saudi Supreme Court confirmed Thursday that the crescent moon of Dhu Al-Hijjah had been sighted.
Hajj will, therefore, begin on Friday, August 9, pilgrims will spend the day on the plains of Mount Arafat on Saturday, August 10, and Eid Al-Adha will start on Sunday, August 11.
According to statistics issued by the Saudi General Directorate of Passports, as of Thursday, almost 1.5 million Hajj pilgrims had arrived in the Kingdom for the pilgrimage.
Around the world, people watch on as they prepare for the conclusion of hajj 2019 and the celebration of Eid ul Adha. Muslims believe the first ten days of Dull Hijjah are blessed and many have waited until now to make charitable Qurbani donations when the rewards are multiplied.
Many pilgrims from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and Tunisia have been arriving in Saudi Arabia as part of the Makkah Route initiative.
Saudi has launched the new initiative with pride, it is designed to be quicker easier and safer for the vast volumes of passengers that converge to the kingdom during Hajj.
Launched last year with Malaysia and Indonesia as the first to try, the “Makkah Route” initiative includes processing of requirements for Hajj pilgrims such as the issuance of visas, ensuring compliance with health requirements, and codifying and sorting luggage at airports in the pilgrims’ own countries.
Pilgrims who get cleared through the program can bypass the procedures upon arrival in Saudi Arabia and head directly to buses waiting to transport them to accommodations in Makkah and Madinah, thus easing congestion at airports. Service authorities deliver pilgrims’ luggage to their accommodation in the holy cities.
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