K. Male' | Aishath Shaany | 04-September-2017 | Monday 11:01 | Shaaknee | Local | 766
The first group of Maldivian pilgrims are to return home on Wednesday, after completing this year's Hajj pilgrimage.
According to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, the first batch to return will be from Zaee Hajj Group.
In addition, those that belong to Sisilfari Group will return on September 10th, while those who traveled with Al-Haraimain Group is to return on the 11th.
While 700 pilgrims had traveled with the state-owned Maldives Hajj Corporation, its first batch is to return on 8th September, with return flights also scheduled for the 10th, 11th, 22nd, 26th and 29th of September.
A total of 1,300 Maldivians traveled to Saudi Arabia to take part in annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam.
While they are to start returning in two days, a Maldivian pilgrim is still missing. While two had initially gone missing, one has since been found.
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