9 September 2016
Thousands of Britons have joined millions of Muslims as they mark the annual pilgrimage of the Hajj at the holy city of Makkah this weekend. The pilgrimage, a religious obligation on all practising Muslims at least once in their life, concludes with the festival of Eid al-Adha which Muslims all over the world will celebrate. Today the Muslim Council of Britain is once again drawing attention to guidelines issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for those Britons making the pilgrimage as well as useful contacts should they be required in emergencies.
“And proclaim to mankind the Pilgrimage. They will come to you walking or riding from the farthest locations.” (Quran 22:27)
Marking the pilgrimage and the celebration, Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “In giving us the annual Hajj and the festival of Eid, God has given us a reminder of the historic sacrifice the prophet Abraham made. As we speak, millions of pilgrims are assembling in the holy city of Makkah, wearing simple garb and praying side-by-side, regardless of colour or status. Together they carry out rituals devoted to God, in the footsteps of Abraham (Ibrahim). I pray that their sacred journey is accepted, and I wish all those who cannot make the Hajj a blessed Eid Mubarak.
Muslims around the world will be praying for a more peaceful year, especially as many parts of the Muslim world are ravaged by conflict. Through the Hajj, we have a powerful symbol of how united and peaceful our diverse Muslim Ummah can be”.
Mosques and community centres up and down the country have organised community events in preparation for Eid al-Adha. Details can be found in local centres.[Ends]
Notes to Editors:
The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over
500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques,
charities and schools.
For further information please contact:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 57330
Tel: 0845 26 26 786
Fax: 0207 247 7079