(Medina, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 4th of August, 2019: ) Liberian pilgrims who were reportedly stranded at the RIA in Monrovia have arrived, according to report reaching the GNN noting that a special chartered flight carrying over 300 Liberia pilgrims (Muslims) has landed in the Holy City of Medina to take part in the 2019 Hajj activities.
According to the release from the Liberian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, pilgrimage to Makkah is one of the fundamental pillars of Islam, which is incumbent on all Muslims with proven financial capabilities as well as sound health, to make the journey to Makkah at least once in a life time.
The release informs that upon arrival at the Prince Mohammed International Airport in Medina, the pilgrims were received by the staff of the Liberian Embassy led by Mr. Abu Kamara, Minister Counselor and Chargé d’Affairs, as well the Honorary Consul of Liberia in Jeddah, Mr. Ayman Al-Hilali, his special Assistant, Gaoussou Diaby and an array of Saudi Officials.
During the brief reception at the Prince Mohammed International Airport, the Chargé d’Affairs of the Liberian Embassy in Riyadh, welcomed the guests (pilgrims) and expressed gratitude to God for their safe arrival.
Mr. Kamara then expressed gratitude to His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of Liberia, for the level of support and religious tolerance being witnessed in the country. He said such initiatives have the potential to enhance unity and national reconciliation.
Meanwhile, several pilgrims also expressed appreciation to His Excellency President Weah for the level of support and exemplary leadership he has shown since his ascendancy to his highest office of the nation, and prayed for peace and stability in Liberia.
At the same time, the pilgrims extended gratitude to the Liberian Honorary Consul in Jeddah, Mr. Ayman Al-Hilali, for providing gifts kits to the pilgrims upon arrival. Mr. Ayman said the gesture was his own way of identifying with the Liberian pilgrims and wished them a pleasant stay while performing their spiritual duties in the Kingdom.
Extending similar gratitude, the pilgrims thanked the officials of both the Foreign Ministry and the Robert International Airport for the assistance rendered during the preparation for this year’s Hajj.