Hajj: 4580 Katsina pilgrims now in Saudi Arabia

Robyn Ryan
August 25, 2017

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh has criticized Doha authorities over their refusal over air transport of Qatari Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

"Limiting the transfer of Qatari pilgrims to Saudi Arabian Airlines is unprecedented, illogical, surprising and contravenes the teachings of Islam", Xinhau news agency quoted Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Rumaihi, the ministry's information office director, as saying in a statement.

Special adviser religious affairs in cross-river state Rev. Father Bob Etta said this during the farewell admonitions to pilgrims at the port Harcourt global airport for those travelling for the annual hajj.

"The Amirul-Hajj and the remaining Hajj officials will also be transported to the Holy land today (Thursday)", he said.

Qatar has denied the allegations.

Pilgrims who underwent the POC phase would go through immigration clearance by Saudi Arabia Immigration officers before boarding their flight in KLIA, he said.

Saudi Arabia recently reopened its land border to Qatari pilgrims and offered to fly them to hajj.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates cut their diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism.

Saudi Arabia last month said Qatari pilgrims would be allowed to enter the kingdom for this year's hajj but imposed several travel restrictions, including flying in only on airlines approved by Riyadh.

The Saudi-led embargo has had an economic impact on Qatar.

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