Aug 7, 2010, 8:40 PM
A total of 1,161 intending pilgrims from The Gambia will this year take part in the pilgrimage to
Speaking at a briefing held yesterday at the Paradise Suites Hotel for pilgrims, ahead of their departure to Mecca, Bakary Nyassi, GIA Director General, said the issue of issuing visas has already been completed, while the practical mock is slated for today at the July 22nd Square.
According to him, Ethiopian Airlines will airlift pilgrims to
"Five medical officers and 23 Hajj guides are to travel with the pilgrims," he disclosed, adding that Dr Mbye Kah, the Amirul Hajj, will lead the Gambian pilgrims to
Nyassi disclosed that departure dates are scheduled for the 30th October and 2nd November 2010. "Under this kind of operation, it is difficult to give the date and time for the pilgrims' departure," he said soliciting the patience and understanding of the pilgrims during their stay in
While assuring the pilgrims that the GIA will make available good accommodation, both in Madina and
He commended President Jammeh, Secretary General Njogu Bah and all those who in one way or the other contributed towards organising this year's Hajj.
Imam Abdoulie Fatty of State House Mosque advised the intending pilgrims to perform their Hajj rites according to Islamic principles.
"Maintain faith, have concern for those who need help during the Hajj, remove all hairs under your armpit, and cut your fingernails," he told the intending pilgrims.
As part of the briefing, the intending pilgrims also viewed a documentary film-show on the 2009 Hajj.