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The first batch of 510 pilgrims from Borno depart Madinah on Friday to Makkah to commence the main Hajj rituals.

The pilgrims would be transported in luxury buses in compliance to the COVID-19 protocols.

An official at the Madinah control centre told NAN that the pilgrims would start the Makkah ritual from Miqat Hulifa.

Hulifa is around nine kilometres from Madina and around 450 kilometres from Makkah.

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, wear two white clothes by men or any other colour by women, signifying state of purity, the pilgrims proceed to Makkah 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.

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