A total of total 237 Haj pilgrims including 120 males and 117 females left for Mecca last night but the main attractions among them were a five-year-old Haj pilgrim Syed Umar and an 81-year-old Syed Altaf Hussain, both from Bhopal. The Air India flight left Bhopal at about 2015 hours on Thursday night for Jeddah, in the presence of large number of relatives and friends, the State Haj Committee Chairman, Sanawwar Patel said late on Thursday evening.

The pilgrims boarded the flight after a grand Dua (prayer) for a peaceful and safe Haj was conducted by the Shahar Qazi Bhopal, Maulana Syed Mushtaque Ali Nadvi and Peer Sayeed Mian Sahab. Emotional scenes were also witnessed at the transit point at Tajul Masajid (Masajid) and airport where a large number of relatives and friends had gathered to bid adieu to the Hajis.

The Madhya Pradesh Backward and Minority affairs Minister, Ajay Vishnoi, All India Haj Committee Member, Musarrat Shahid, MP Minority Commission Chairman, Anwar Mohd Khan, MP Madarsa Board Chairman, Rashid Khan, BJP leader Saleem Khan, Congress Congress leaders, Manak Agarwal and PC Sharma were among those who saw off the pilgrims at the Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal.

(Agencies)

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