The pilgrims were seen off at the airport by the representatives of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as members of the Crimean government. Aider Ismailov, Deputy Mufti, bid the pilgrims a good journey and gave them some parting advice, reports a press service of the Spiritual Administration of Crimean Muslims.

According to their itinerary, the pilgrims are scheduled to visit the holy places in Medina, including the Prophet’s Mosque, before going to Mecca for performing the rites of Hajj.

This is the first group of pilgrims to go to Hajj from Crimea, with two more, numbering 150 and 22 people, expected to leave for the holy places on September 8 and September 14 respectively. The pilgrimage is scheduled to last 20-21 days.

A total of 322 pilgrims from Crimea are expected to go to Hajj this year, of whom 300 will be traveling under the quota set for Crimea and another 22 as per agreement the Council of Ministers of Crimea and Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Crimea and Sevastopol reached with Muslim Tour travel operator.