Kuwait Amir, Crown Prince congratulates Saudi King on Hajj success

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KUWAIT CITY, June 18: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah sent on Tuesday a cable to the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al- Saud, congratulating him on the success of the Hajj (greater pilgrimage) season. His Highness the Amir lauded the huge effort by the Kingdom’s leadership in facilitating the pilgrimage of millions from across the globe who came to Makkah to perform this sacred ritual, commending that the Saudi authorities for using the latest in technologies and services to aid pilgrims.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah

His Highness the Amir praised the efforts of Prince Khaled Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud — governor the Makkah region and head of the Hajj central committee – and Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif Al-Saud — Minister of Interior head of the supreme Hajj committee — for their endless efforts to facilitate Hajj for pilgrims. He also wished the leadership of Saudi Arabia and people evermore success and prosperity. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent on Tuesday a cable of congratulations to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on the success of the Hajj (greater pilgrimage) season.

In the cable, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled praised Saudi Arabia for using the latest in technology and services to help pilgrims from all over the world to perform their Hajj with ease. His Highness the Crown Prince praised the efforts of Prince Khaled Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud — governor the Makkah region and head of the Hajj central committee – and Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif Al-Saud — Minister of Interior head of the supreme Hajj committee — for their outstanding efforts to facilitate Hajj for pilgrims. He also wished Saudi Arabia, leadership and people, all the success and prosperity. His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah sent on Tuesday a congratulatory cable to King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on the successful Hajj (greater pilgrimage) season.

On Sunday, Ambassador of Kuwait to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Sabah Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Sunday praised the great efforts made by the Kuwaiti Hajj delegation in serving pilgrims. Speaking to KUNA and Kuwait TV after his visit to the headquarters of the Kuwaiti Hajj delegation in Makkah that the Kuwaiti delegation and Kuwaiti pilgrimage agents are a source of pride, as they “have always been committed to serving the pilgrims of Kuwait.” He expressed his highest congratulations to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and to the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, for the success of the Hajj season and the blessed Eid Al-Adha, as well as Eid congratulations to the Saudi people. He said that what Saudi Arabia is doing in all its sectors in serving the pilgrims of the Holy House of Allah is a tremendous effort, calling on the Almighty to reward them with all goodness.

Meanwhile, President of Kuwaiti Hajj Caravan Owners Union Ahmed Al-Duwaihi has announced that 40 flights will be operated starting from Wednesday for the return of pilgrims after performing Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia. He praised Allah for the safe return of the pilgrims, and for accepting their Hajj and good deeds. He reassured the public that the pilgrims are safe and in good health. He affirmed that the coordinated efforts of the union and Kuwaiti Hajj Mission reflected in the comfort of the pilgrims as they performed their rituals with ease despite the hot weather.

He expressed thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the excellent organization of Hajj and the hospitality provided to the pilgrims of the Holy House of Allah. In a related development, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) revealed that the abovementioned flights will start operating on Wednesday and will continue for three days – until all the pilgrims return to Kuwait. Acting Deputy Director General of DGCA said the first flight will be that of Flynas Airlines (formerly Nas), while the last will be by Saudia Airlines on Friday. He added that around 8,000 pilgrims will be on board four Kuwait Airways and Saudi Airways flights.

Hajj pilgrims continued, Tuesday, performing the stoning rites in Mina on the third day of Eid Al-Adha and the second day of Al-Tashriq, and headed to the Holy Kaaba to perform the final circumambulation (Tawaf Al- Wadaa’). The faithful pilgrims followed the symbolic consecutive stoning of Al- Jamra Al-Sughra, Al-Jamra Alwusta and Al-Jamra Al-Kubra, with some pilgrims, in a hurry, heading to the Holy Kaaba before sunset to perform Tawaf Al-Wadaa and leaving Makkah.

On Wednesday, pilgrims not in any hurry would start heading to Al-Jamra sites to perform the stoning ritual on the third day of Al-Tashriq and the fourth day of Eid Al-Adha. Crowds of pilgrims performed the symbolic stoning rites, Al-Jamra Al-Sughra, Al-Jamra Alwusta and Al-Jamra Al-Kubra, in Mina on the second day of Eid Al-Adha, the first Al-Tashriq Day. Five lanes have been allocated as access for the faithful to reach the Al- Jamarat site.

They are linked to the Al- Mashaer Train and the regions in the vicinity of the pilgrims’ camp in Mina. The pilgrims are entitled to perform the stoning rite Tuesday, the Second Tahriq Day, in line with the Sunnah. They can proceed from Mina if they are in a hurry — called the First Nafra, where they are relieved of staying for the third day’s stoning provided they exit Mina before sunset. In the third Tashriq Day, falling on Wednesday, a pilgrim may hurl the three stones as he (she) did in the previous two days before departing Mina to Makkah, where the adherent circles the Kaaba upon leaving the city.

Abdel Nasser Al-Aslami
Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff and Agencies

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