Departure of the First Hajjis to the Holy Places of Islam

image The first group of 200 hajjis left Algiers Friday night, to the Holy Places of Islam on board a plane of national company Air Algeria.
The Hadji were accompanied by members of the national mission of Hajj, which includes doctors, guides and people in charge of accommodation and transport to ensure the necessary services to pilgrims throughout their journey and their visit to the Holy Places.
The Minister of Religious Affairs and Waqf, Bouabdallah Ghlamallah, who was at the airport to greet the first group of pilgrims on their departure with members of the government, stressed that new measures have been taken this year, including for the transportation of Hajjis in the Holy Places.
He has called the Hajjis to “be vigilance” on the move to avoid losing their money and documents and meet the guidelines of the mission that will ensure their well-being throughout their pilgrimage.
The minister also indicated that the performance of this rite that will last 33 days is exhausting for hajjis particularly for the elderly, calling for the pilgrims to avoid the stampede in Mina and Arafat in particular.
In addition, Ghlamallah called on members of the mission to coordinate efforts to serve the pilgrims about accommodation, transportation, medical care and religious orientations.
Regarding the new measures, he said that transportation has been equipped with new buses including in Mecca. In addition to the 10 additional flights, 140 flights to the Holy Places, including 22 from Algiers, were organized at the national level.
Aged 35, Houria mother of three children expressed her “joy” to perform this religious rite for the first time, urging young people “to perform the Hajj at a young age.”
For his part, Mohamed, 50, stressed the importance of performing the rite of the hajj which is the fifth pillar of Islam. Youcef Mechria, an Imam at the mosque of El Mohammadia said he went to the Holy Places of Islam in the context of the national mission of Hajj, to provide advice and guidance to Hajjis.
After stating that his mission is “difficult”, since the majority of Hajjis are elderly, often with chronic diseases, however, he stressed he would care to guide and teach them the rites of hajj. SOURCE