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The Hajj

May 16, 2013, 10:15 AM

All indications point to the fact that preparations are in high gear for this year’s pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Hajj is one of the fundamental pillars of Islam.

And as a piece of advice to our loved ones intending to embark on the pilgrimage this year, we once again encourage them to take it very seriously, as it is a rare opportunity in one’s life, to pray for themselves, their sponsors and their country as a whole.

As pilgrims you must always put at the back of your minds that your mission in the holy land, though tiresome, is to seek the blessings of Allah and nothing else.

We give emphasis to the need to support one another throughout the period. We want to  encourage the young ones, in particular, to be supportive of the elderly throughout the period of the pilgrimage to ensure that all perform the components of the Hajj.

After all, you are all Gambians and Muslims going on the same mission. We pray that the Almighty Allah reward you accordingly, and wish you all a safe journey and successful Hajj.

It’s worth noting that there is no better investment than spending in the cause of Allah, but our appeal goes to families back home to avoid overspending during the welcome ceremonies, especially at a time when the world is in a very serious financial crisis.

Having given the intending pilgrims their fair share in this write-up, we would also like to advice the relevant authorities, notably the Gambia International Airlines and the National Hajj Commission to ensure a problem-free Hajj for our pilgrims.

‘Obviously, you make preparations before you engage in any meeting’
John Bolton

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