Sisi heads to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj

Ahram Online , Thursday 13 Jun 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi heads Thursday to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, according to the Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Ahmed Fahmy.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi

El-Sisi is set to arrive in Medina, where he will pray at the Prophet's Mosque and visit the Prophet's grave before going to Mecca to commence the Hajj rituals.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia announced that the Hajj will start on 14 June.

Around 1.2 million pilgrims from various countries worldwide have already arrived in Saudi Arabia for this year's Hajj, according to the Saudi Hajj and Umrah Ministry. 

Last year, more than 1.8 million Muslims took part in the Hajj, according to official figures. 

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be undertaken at least once by all Muslims who have the means to do so.

It involves a series of rituals completed over at least four days in Mecca and its surroundings in the west of Saudi Arabia.

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