The Hajj Directorate has started its training programme for pilgrims across the country. Pilgrims in Lahore will be given training from August 3 until August 6 at the Darul Hujjaj, Lahore.
Lahore Hajj Directorate’s Deputy Assistant Director Zakaullah told The Express Tribune more than 140,000 people from Pakistan would perform Hajj this year. He said 73,000 people would perform Hajj under the government Hajj scheme; the remaining would be served by private Hajj group organisers approved by the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Zakaullah said the training programme had been arranged for those performing Hajj for the first time. He said those obtaining the services of private Hajj group organisers should contact them for training.
Zakaullah said the pilgrims would be divided into groups. Each group will be given a day-long training during the three-day camp. He said the pilgrims would be trained in various Hajj rituals and made aware of administrative requirements at the Haji camp in Makkah. Zakaullah said the pilgrims had been sent DVDs carrying information about Manasik-i-Hajj (Hajj rituals). He said an information desk had also been made operational at the directorate. At least two Hajj Directorate officials would accompany the pilgrims to Makkah, he said.
The officer said the dates of departure for Makkah would be announced soon. He said special Hajj flights would be arranged for pilgrims.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2015.
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