98 Indians Among Hundreds Dead During Hajj Pilgrimage in Mecca – MEA

Hajj Pilgrimage


Author: Hriday Verma

Published: June 21, 2024

As the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca unfolded amid scorching heat, a tragic toll emerged. 98 Indians were among the hundreds of pilgrims who lost their lives during this sacred journey. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed that out of the 175,000 Indian citizens participating in the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, 98 had passed away. These deaths were attributed to natural causes, chronic illnesses, and old age. Last year, the number of Indian fatalities during Hajj was 187.

Saudi Arabia – No Officially Overall Death Count Released Yet

several countries reported that some of their pilgrims succumbed to the intense heat that swept across the holy sites in Mecca. Jordan and Tunisia were among those nations affected by the heatwave. The Hajj, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for able-bodied Muslims, concluded last week after millions of faithful adherents performed religious rites as taught by the Prophet Mohammad 14 centuries ago.

This year, over 1.83 million Muslims participated in the Hajj, including pilgrims from 22 countries and around 222,000 Saudi citizens and residents.

The Hajj pilgrimage holds immense significance for Muslims worldwide. It symbolizes unity, devotion, and spiritual renewal. Despite the challenges posed by extreme temperatures, pilgrims come together to fulfill this sacred obligation. As we mourn the loss of lives during this year’s Hajj, we also recognize the resilience and faith of those who undertook this profound journey.

The Hajj is not just a physical journey, it’s a spiritual one that transcends time and place. Let us honor the memories of those who passed away and pray for their souls. May their pilgrimage be accepted, and may they find eternal peace.

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