280 pilgrims left Aswan International Airport to Saudi Arabia as the first group of Hajj draw.
In a statement، Aswan governor Magdi Hegazi said that he directed to facilitate all traveling procedures.
Noteworthy، EgyptAir Airline Company will transport at least 24 flights on Thursday carrying a total of 5250 would-be Egyptian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia، to perform Hajj.
On July 29، EgyptAir began of the “Cairo-Jeddah” air bridge to transport more than 50،000 would-be Egyptian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia، to perform Hajj.
The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca، the holiest city for Muslims، and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey and can support their family during their absence.
It is one of the five pillars of Islam، alongside Shahadah، Salat، Zakat، and Sawm. The Hajj is the second largest annual gathering of Muslims in the world. The state of being physically and financially capable of performing the Hajj is called istita'ah، and a Muslim who fulfills this condition is called a mustati. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people، and their submission to God (Allah).
The word Hajj means "to intend a journey"، which connotes both the outward act of a journey and the inward act of intentions.