Cyprus pilgrims gather for Hajj journey

As many as 95 pilgrims gathered at the Ercan airport in Northern Cyprus, where they offered prayers before setting off to the city of Mecca for the once in a lifetime Hajj pilgrimage, the fifth pillar of Islamic practice.

Cyprus pilgrims gather for Hajj journey

World Bulletin / News Desk

95 pilgrims on their way to the holy city of Mecca were greeted at the Ercan airport in Northern Cyprus by the religious affairs minister Talip Atalay, who lead a congregation supplication for the travelers. Mentioning that it was a very special time for Cyprus, he said ‘I hope our people return purified and they bring that purity with them to share with Cyprus.’

The 95 pilgrims included 3 members of staff from the religious affairs ministry. Atalay further said, ‘the Hajj pilgrimage is one of the most important acts of worship for our people. As much as purification is important, maintaining that purification is also important. This is why many people don’t go, because they are afraid of not being able to maintain that purity.’

Due to the international embargoes on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the pilgrims will first have to travel to Turkey where they will board another plane to Saudi Arabia. The pilgrims are set to stay in Medina for 8 days, and then move on to Mecca where they will remain until they have completed the pilgrimage rites. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2013, 13:59