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British pilgrims amongst the 2.5 million who complete the Hajj

uslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Al-Masjid al-Haram (Grand mosque) in Mecca October 31 2011 - Reuters

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Al-Masjid al-Haram (Grand mosque) in Mecca October 31 2011 - Reuters

Around 25,000 British pilgrims are part of around 2.5  million pilgrims worldwide that are believed to be in Mecca (Makkah), Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, a duty that all able-bodied Muslims must undertake at least once in their lifetime.

Muslims around the world and in the UK  will be celebrating Eid-Ul-Adha today also know as the Festival of Sacrifice which is celebrated the day after the peak of Hajj  where pilgrims stand in prayer in Arafat, a desert plain few kilometres away from Makkah.  The Hajj rituals will continue over the next 3 days with the symbolic stoning of the ‘devil’ in the holy city of Mina.

It is a time when people will be celebrating with family and friends, increase charitable acts and a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by Prophet Abraham and his total submission to Almighty God.

Rashid Mogradia from the CBH, said

“I would like to personally congratulate all pilgrims on the successful completion of Hajj and pray that Almighty Allah (God) grants them an accepted Hajj – Hajj Al Mabroor.  On behalf of the British Muslims Community, I would also like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, his Government and the Ministry of Hajj for the hospitality shown to the pilgrims and the services they have provided.  Best wishes to everyone celebrating Eid Al Adha”.

Notes to editors:

The Council of British Hajjis is a not-for-profit charity working for the welfare of British pilgrims and promotes health & Safety at Hajj and run travel clinics across the united Kingdom.  It is the Only Hajj & Umrah specific charity to be the official partner of the Foreign & Commonwealth Offices’ “Know Before You Go” campaign and works closely with other statutory bodies and partner  for the betterment of Hajj & Umrah & Overseas travel. The Council of British Hajjis this year has supported a group of volunteer British doctors to the Hajj who are offering Free medical support and medicine during the days of Hajj.