Hajj 2018: More pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia as Dhul Hijja approaches

Hajia Sani, Makkah- Saudi Arabia

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With only a few days to the start of the month of Dhul Hijja, more Nigerian pilgrims continue to arrive in Saudi Arabia for the 2018 Hajj.

So far, 17,752 have landed either in Madinah or Jeddah international airports.

Those who arrived in the Kingdom earlier have begun moving to Makkah for the Umrah or lesser Hajj, before the commencement of the Hajj proper.

Dhul Hijja
The month of Dhul Hijja (Zhul Hajj) is the 12th in the Islamic Lunar calender and is regarded by adherents of Islam as one of the Holy months. It’s reverence dates back to the time of Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham.

For millions of Muslims who practice the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as exemplified throughout his lifetime, the 1st 10 days of Dhul Hijja are the most significant.

Pilgrimage to Makkah was prescribed by divine providence to Prophet Muhammad for the observance of the the 5th and last Pillar of Islam, as was practiced by the Prophet Ibrahim.

Obligatory Act
Muslims from all over the world embark on the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, to perform the rites of Hajj, at least once in their life time.

Hajj is an obligatory act enjoined on every adult male or female Muslim who can afford it financially and has no health challenges.

Hajj is however, not obligatory on anyone who is mentally, physically or financially incapable of making the journey, in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah or practices of the Prophet.

The obligatory status of Hajj is proved by the following Qur’anic verse:

“And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘abah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses (for one’s conveyance, provision and residence); and whoever disbelieves, then he is a disbeliever of Allah, then Allah stands not in need of any of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists)” (Surah Aal ‘Imraan 3:97).

Latest Airlift figures for Nigeria
Meanwhile, the latest figures released by Nahcon indicate that a total of 17,752 Nigerian pilgrims have so far been airlifted to the Holy Land.

According to Nahcon, Nigerian pilgrims airlifted to Saudi Arabia for the 2018 Hajj include those from the FCT, Adamawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nassarawa, Niger and Sokoto states.

Table of Airlifts:
43rd flight: 309 from Kaduna and 2 officials
42nd flight: 530 from Kano and 29 officials
41st flight: 546 from Katsina
40th flight: 312 from Kaduna and 10 officials
39th flight: 556 from Niger and 2 from Nasarawa
38th flight: 218 from Kebbi and 12 Medical officials
37th flight: 554 from Katsina and 6 from Jigawa
36th flight: 555 from Niger
35th flight: 320 from Lagos
34th flight: 176 from Kebbi
33rd flight: 500 from Kwara and 8 officials
32nd flight: 543 from Niger
31st flight: 176 from Kebbi and 1 officia
30th flight: 317 from Lagos and 3 officials
29th flight: 142 from FCT and 51 officials
28th flight: 560 from Adamawa
27th flight: 320 from Lagos and 4 officials
26th flight: 423 from Sokoto and 9 officials
25th flight: 546 from Adamawa and 8 officials
24th flight: 436 from Kebbi
23rd flight: 320 from Lagos
22nd flight: 546 from Kano
21st flight: 232 from FCT and 3 Officials
20th flight: 559 from Kwara
19th flight: 419 from Kebbi
18th flight: 436 from Sokoto
17th flight: 225 from FCT and 11 officials
16th flight: 401 from FCT and 34 officials
15th flight: 420 from Kebbi
14th flight: 558 from Kaduna
13th flight: 436 from Sokoto
12th flight: 543 from Kano
11th flight: 225 from FCT and 5 officials
10th flight: 432 from Sokoto
9th flight: 234 from Nasarawa and 1 official
8th flight: 509 from Kaduna
7th flight: 503 from Kano
6th flight: 227 from FCT and 10 officials
5th flight: 540 from Kano
4th flight: 552 from Kwara
3rd flight: 560 from Kaduna
2nd flight: 382 from Nasarawa and 10 officials
1st flight: 446 from Kogi and 56 officials

More pilgrims will arrive before the last day of arrivals, which is the 4th day of Dhul Hijja (15th August, 2018).