Uzbekistan, Tashkent, 11 November / Trend , corr. T.Jukov / A total of 5,000 Uzbek believers will pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites in Saudi Arabia, Artyk Yusupov, the deputy chairman on the Committee of Religion Hajj and Umrah, said at a special briefing.
According to Yusupov, this figure agreed with the authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on the basis of the protocol signed between the Muslims of Uzbekistan and the Ministry for Hajj KSA in May 2008.
"The transport of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia is scheduled for 21-29 November 2008," Yusupov said. Pilgrims will return homes from 12 to 20 December. To that end, the management of Muslims entered into a contract with the national airline Uzbekistan havo YULLARI (Uzbekistan Airways) to transport pilgrims via the Tashkent-Medina, Jeddah-Tashkent, and Namangan-Medina and Jeddah-Namangan routes
According to Yusupov, the attache officeon Umrah and Hajj issues was opened in the Consulate General of Uzbekistan in Jeddah city.
"The list of pilgrims have been developed in all regions of Kazakhstan," Usmanhan Alimov, the chairman of the Muslims management department, said at the briefing. "Pilgrims passed medical examination and were inoculated from flu and meningitis. The Department has rented hotels in Medina and Mecca for pilgrims to live in.
A group of experienced Imams-Khatibs will accompany pilgrims during the pilgrimage to Mecca. Imams-Khatibs passed theoretical and practical studies related the condition and specificity of the forthcoming pilgrimage.
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