By Nep Journal Correspondent:
Returning Muslim pilgrims ‘hujaaj’ have given the government and people of Saudi Arabia a thumbs up following a successful trip to the blessed land that saw them perform the fifth pillar Islam without any hitches.
Mandera County Assembly Member for the youth Jamaldin Adan who was among pilgrims from Kenya said he was impressed by the improved infrastructure in and around the Holy mosques as well as the selfless services offered by the Saudi government security personnel.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Saudi Arabia and its leadership for excellent services and top class arrangements for the 2016 Hajj. The Saudi government has helped millions of Muslims pilgrims who came from different parts of the world to perform their maiden Hajj of 2016 without any difficulties” said Jamaldin.
Jamaldin added pilgrims were accorded a good reception and treated well during their stay in the Holy cities of Makkah and Madina.
The Saudi government installed watering points along major walk paths and streets while foot soldiers were on site everywhere to the help the weak, elderly as well as other pilgrims.
“They sprinkled us with water as we walked, carried the weak on their backs, made our movement easier and made everything they could to make our stay as comfortable as possible” said Haji Mohamud, a pilgrim who travelled from Wajir County.
Mohamud said he lost direction several times due to the sea of humanity in the Holy sites but thanks to the badge he wore on his wrist, security officers would always link him with his Kenyan colleagues.
Pilgrims were also given free World class healthcare during their stay.
“The Saudi government provided free medical treatment to the pilgrims, doctors are highly qualified and even the most expensive medicines were given free of charge” said Jamaldin
This year’s event was incident although the Kenyan pilgrims lost an elder from Tana River County who died in his sleep while undertaking the holy journey.
More than 1400 people died in 2015 following a stampede on the final day of Arafah.