The Hajj to Mecca in Ramadan will make more than 650 pilgrims from Uzbekistan

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotomontajes Russian pilgrims on Hajj in Saudi ArabiaThe Hajj to Mecca in Ramadan will make more than 650 pilgrims from Uzbekistan© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

The lesser Hajj (Umrah) to Mecca during the Holy month of Ramadan will make more than 650 pilgrims from Uzbekistan started the preparation for the pilgrimage, said on Friday the press-service of the Committee on religious Affairs under the government of the Republic.

The month of Ramadan (Arabic for «blessed») is one of the most honorable Muslims and requires strict observance of lent. Adherents of Islam for 30 days with the first rays of the sun to sunset fasting, refraining from eating, drinking and all worldly cares and focusing on the service of the Creator. This year it runs from 26 may to 25 June.

«Preparations have begun for another small Umrah pilgrimage during Ramadan. More than 650 of our countrymen will do Die during this period, with them in places of pilgrimage travel doctors, cooks and team leaders, a total of 22 people», — said the press service.

According to the Committee, this week in the mosques of the Republic began training for leaders of groups of pilgrims, and all pilgrims will undergo vaccination against seasonal diseases, they also provide special clothing and shoes. «Meeting and seeing off pilgrims on Charter flights of the national airline «Uzbekistan Airways» is scheduled for the period from 13 to 29 June,» reported the Committee.

The Hajj is one of the five pillars on which Islam is based. Pilgrimage to the Holy places in Mecca required to make at least once in a lifetime every Muslim. Hajj is divided into large and small. The lesser Hajj (Umrah), in contrast to the great, a Muslim can make at any time of the year. In turn, big the Hajj is performed in dedicated this month of «Dhul-Hijjah (month of pilgrimage»). The rite of the Umrah (lesser Hajj) to Saudi Arabia in the spring made of 5.33 thousands of pilgrims from Uzbekistan with a total quota of 5.35 thousand people, the total quota for the die is 6 thousand people.

On the proposal of the Board of Muslims of Uzbekistan and a number of public funds of the country this year for the Hajj and Umrah in the first place, will take account of the requests of the faithful who are planning to go on a pilgrimage for the first time. Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, before performing these rites, postponed to a later date.