Ministry of Hajj and Umrah applies comprehensive medical insurance for pilgrims

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ARAFAT: As pilgrims made their way toward Mount Arafat and the Namirah Mosque under the scorching sun, a gaggle of young men and ladies volunteered to offer the faithful with cold water to assist them avoid dehydration.

Scores of volunteers from different backgrounds who got here to serve the pilgrims said they felt humbled and honored to assist.

Makkah-based Mansour Murtadha, 27, volunteered to distribute cold water to pilgrims with Al Birr Charity Association. “I got here with the association, and I’m here distributing water to the pilgrims and helping them with all of their needs and questions,” Mansour told Arab News.

FASTFACTS

• The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance distributed around 150,000 bottles of cold water to pilgrims.

• Law enforcement officials also gave out water bottles to the pilgrims, along with assisting and guiding them.

• The Makkah Region Development Authority equipped the realm with over 600 water coolers so pilgrims could use them while walking.

“I did this work as a great deed, and I just hope that their pilgrimage shall be accomplished and accepted,” he said.

Omar Al-Zahrani, a member of the Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association in Arafat, said that his team distributed orange juice and cold water.

Indian couple Abdul Qadeer Pasha and Ayesha Afsar volunteered alongside the Indian Pilgrims Welfare Forum under the Indian Hajj Pilgrims office within the Consulate General of India.

“I’m a volunteer, and as a volunteer, we want to direct the pilgrims, we want to serve them and we want to guide them,” Afsar said. “We’re lucky to serve the people of Allah. We’re gifting away juices, similar to apple juice, orange juice, and laban.”

Afsar added that no fixed hours were dedicated for volunteering; the time put in depended entirely on the volunteers’ availability. She arrived in Arafat along with her husband and the opposite volunteers before Fajr prayers to organize for the arrival of pilgrims.

“I’m very joyful because I’m doing the work for the sake of Allah within the Consulate of India,” said Pasha. “We were also supplying wheelchairs to pilgrims.”

He added: “We’re all doing our work for the sake of Allah. They’re the guests of Allah, and we’re each very joyful, my wife and I, to give you the option to do that service for Allah.”

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance distributed around 150,000 bottles of cold water to pilgrims.

Law enforcement officials also gave out water bottles to the pilgrims, along with assisting and guiding them.

The Makkah Region Development Authority equipped the realm with over 600 water coolers so pilgrims could use them while walking.

A large water sprinkler system was also installed to assist cool pilgrims, reduce heat, and refresh the air.

Samaher Awadh, a pilgrim from Cairo who got here to the Kingdom to perform her first Hajj, was impressed by the sprinklers, which she spoke of to her family in Egypt on a video call. “I actually like these huge sprinklers. They helped us cool down in the warmth.”

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