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GALAL FAKKAR | ARAB NEWS
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Sat, 2010-11-20 01:13

Such people are honored with being buried in Jannat Al-Mala in Makkah or Jannat Al-Baqi in Madinah. Their relatives and friends then return home once the pilgrimage is complete. A number of pilgrims said they are envious of pilgrims who die while performing Haj or in the vicinity of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
Egyptian pilgrim Abdul Shafi Saeed came for Haj from Cairo and was accompanied by another pilgrim, Sayyid Khaleel Hassan, who died while in supplication at the plain of Arafat, the climax of the annual pilgrimage.
“Sayyid Khaleel breathed his last in his seamless white ihram while chanting Labbaik. He was blessed and fortunate to die at the most sacred place for Muslims on earth while performing the main ritual of the pilgrimage. Every pilgrim wishes to die such a death,” said Saeed.
Abdullah Al-Roubi’s wife died at Mina. “She always expressed her wish to breathe her last and be buried in Makkah whenever she watched the holy Kaaba and the Grand Mosque on television. It was Allah’s will that her wish materialized while she was in ihram at Mina,” he said.
Ali Al-Asheeri, the Egyptian consul in Jeddah, said that 45 Egyptian Haj pilgrims, including a number of women, died as of Wednesday. “They died due to age-related problems and illness. Most of them died due to high or low blood pressure. Their bodies were buried in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites after completion of the necessary procedures, including taking consent of their families,” he said.
Al-Saeed Al-Jeelani, a pilgrim from Algeria, said a pilgrim who came with him on the same flight from Algeria died at the Haj Terminal in Jeddah. “It is a great blessing to die while one is in his ihram. Such pilgrims will appear in ihram, chanting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ on the Day of Judgment,” he said.
He also noted that the relatives of pilgrims who died after arriving in Makkah are not grieved, as they believe that such pilgrims are blessed. Seven Algerian pilgrims reportedly died until Wednesday.
Jawed Madami, an Indian pilgrim, told Arab News that the death of a pilgrim after setting out for Haj is an accomplishment of his faith in God. He noted that an Indian pilgrim died while performing circumambulation of the holy Kaaba. “Many pilgrims believe that dying while performing the Haj rituals is the realization of their prayers to die in the holy land and an indication of their firm belief in God,” he said.

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