Officials of Kogi Hajj commission have said that Preparations for the pilgrims to embark on ummrah are on top gear.
According to source, arrangements have been concluded for Kogi Pilgrims to leave for Makkah on Wednesday,29th June 2022
Already, various enlightenment programmes and lectures have been organized for the pilgrims on how to perform Ummrah which is their first religious obligation upon their arrival in Makkah.
As tradition, pilgrims will start the Mecca ritual from Miqat Hulifa.
Hulifa is around nine kilometres from Madina and around 450 kilometers from Mecca.
It is the Meeqat for people coming from Madina.
The Meeqat is the principal boundary at which pilgrims intending to perform the Hajj or Umrah must enter the state of Ihram.
Ihram is a state of consecration in which certain permitted activities are made prohibited.
The pilgrims will take a bath, and wear two white clothes by men or any other colour by women, signifying the state of purity, the pilgrims proceed to Mecca to perform the lesser Hajj (Umrah).
The Umrah process involves circumambulation of the Ka’abah inside the Holy Mosque seven times and doing the seven laps of Safa and Marwa.
The Safa and Marwa are in following the process done by Hagar, mother of Prophet Ismail, in search of water for her son in that location.
After this, pilgrims would wait for the five-day Hajj.
Hajj is the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which every adult Muslim must make at least once in his or her lifetime.
The Hajj is the fifth of the fundamental Muslim practices