New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi flagged off the first batch of Haj pilgrims from the Indira Gandhi International airport on Monday. Thousands of pilgrims gathered at the airport to see off their relatives. They expressed gratitude towards the state and central government for the arrangements. Amid the ongoing tension on border with Pakistan, pilgrims hoped for peace and fraternity among the two countries. The annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Haj, is a mandatory religious duty for adult Muslims. Physically and financially capable Muslims have to undertake this journey at least once in a lifetime as symbol of solidarity and their compliance to God.
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