Hajj 2018: Saudi Government issues urgent over-crowding advisory

The Government of Saudi Arabia has issued an urgent advisory to pilgrims in Makkah for the 2018 Hajj, to perform their Jummu’ah Salat (Friday prayers) in any Mosque closest to them.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Hajj Service Foundation for Pilgrims of African Non-Arab Countries, Rami Bin Saleh Lubna, issued the safety advisory on Friday, the 17th of August, 2018.

Accordingly, the advisory, which will also apply to the next congregation prayers on Friday the 24th of August, is to ensure the safety and security of all pilgrims performing the Hajj.

Lubna said the advice became necessary following the massive crowd of pilgrims who filled to the brim, the Al-Haram Masjid (Grand Mosque) which houses Islam’s Qiblah-the Ka’abah, for the weekly Friday congregation prayers.

All Saudi Hajj and Umrah related agencies were requested to communicate the measure through the 49 field service offices for the 2018 Hajj.

Foreign and local media were also implored to propagate the urgent advisory.

The General Department of Passports on Wednesday 16th of August, 2018, gave the total number of pilgrims who have arrived to perform this year’s Hajj through air, land, and sea, as 1,657,847.

More pilgrims are scheduled to arrive before midnight on Friday the 17th.

Source: Voice of Nigeria