Crimean pilgrims arrived in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea informs.
The pilgrims spent four days in Saudi city of Medina, living in 300 meters from the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet's Mosque), where they prayed for Crimean Muslims. In Medina, pilgrims also visited Masjid al-Qiblatain-- a unique mosque in Medina that is historically important for Muslims as the place where the Islamic prophet Muhammad, leading the prayer, is said to have been commanded to change the direction of prayer (qibla) from Jerusalem to Mecca. Thus it uniquely contained two prayer niches (mihrabs).
Besides the mosques, the pilgrims visited the Mount Uhud-- the site of the second battle between Muslim and Meccan forces.
150 of Crimean Muslims have left Crimea for Mekka, Saudi Arabia to perform annual Hajj pilgrimage – one of the largest gatherings of people in the world.
The trip was organized by Hajj-mission of Russia, Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea and the Crimean State Committee for interethnic affairs and deported citizens.
The quotas for Crimean Muslims were given by Council of Muftis of Russia and cost $2,500.