1998 News Story

King Fahd's special guests begin to arrive for 1418 Hajj

Some 650 pilgrims, who will perform Hajj this year as personal guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, arrived today at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. They comprise 250 pilgrims from Azerbaijan, 100 from Chechnya and 300 from Tataristan.

The total number of Muslims from the former USSR region who will perform Hajj at the expense of King Fahd, is 1,400. They are from Russia, Kazakistan and Uzbekistan as well as Azerbaijan, Chechnya and Tataristan. Other guests of King Fahd include a number of recent converts to Islam from the United Kingdom.

Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Dr. Abdullah Ibn Abdulmohsen Al-Turki said that this gesture is a continuation of King Fahd's humanitarian position of providing the opportunity of performing Hajj to needy Muslims from countries in which they had faced difficult circumstances, and added that the Ministry has prepared a special program to enable these pilgrims to perform the rituals in the best and most comfortable manner.