500 Somali Pilgrims Embark on Spiritual Journey as They Arrive in Mecca for Hajj

The first set of Somali pilgrims has arrived in Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Minister Robow confirmed their arrival, signaling the start of the journey for many Somalis.

Hajj, a significant event in Islam, draws millions of Muslims to Mecca yearly as part of their religious duties. Minister Robow expressed satisfaction with the planning for this pilgrimage.

A group of 500 pilgrims landed in Saudi Arabia with an expected total of 11,000 Somalis making the trip. Northeastern State, however, opted out due to concerns about the process.

The Federal Ministry oversees religious matters and promotes tolerance in Somalia. Alongside overseeing Hajj arrangements, the Ministry regulates religious instruction in the country.

Ali Hisri, fresh from Umrah in Medina, found the journey spiritually enlightening. Sheikh Shire, from the Ministry, welcomed the pilgrims with gratitude for the Saudi hospitality.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has halted Umrah permits to facilitate Hajj rituals. Violators face significant fines and possible deportation or imprisonment.

Fiiqow praised the measures aiming to enhance the pilgrimage experience. 267,657 travelers have already poured into Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage.

Islam holds great importance in Somali society, influencing daily life and governance. Mosques serve as hubs for community activities, education, and spiritual growth.

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