With over 1.1 million pilgrims Pakistan tops countries in performing Umrah

Indonesia comes second with 760,245 pilgrims followed by India with 472,103 pilgrims since season started late October


APP March 31, 2019
Indonesia comes second with 760,245 pilgrims followed by India with 472,103 pilgrims since season started late October. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: As many as 5,276,913 Umrah visas have been issued since the season started late October, according to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

The ministry said Pakistan, with 1,129,965 pilgrims, topped all other countries in the number of the Umrah pilgrims, followed by Indonesia, which has sent 760,245 pilgrims, Saudi Gazette reported.

According to the ministry’s report, a total of 4,798,057 Umrah pilgrims have arrived in the kingdom until Thursday, adding that 4,309,937 pilgrims had returned back to their respective countries after performing Umrah while 337,614 were still in Makkah to complete their rites.

The report further added that around 150,506 pilgrims were in Madinah paying homage to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and praying at his mosque.

Pakistani pilgrims top the list for performing Umrah

According to the Saudi ministry, as many as 4,282,413 pilgrims had arrived by air; 464,238 by land and 51,406 chose sea to travel to the holy land.

It said the third largest contingent of pilgrims came from India, which sent 472,103 people to perform Umrah. Egypt sent 280,057 pilgrims, followed by Malaysia, which sent 233,376 pilgrims. Similarly, 232,984 Umrah pilgrims came from Yemen, 225,670 from Turkey, 208,238 from Algeria, 144,995 from Iraq and 134,359 from Jordan.

The ministry said the international pilgrims were served by more than 10,400 Saudis working in the Umrah companies. They consisted of 8,622 men and 1,778 women.

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