Officials of the Sierra Leone Hajj Mission last night attended the annual ceremony organized by the Saudi Pilgrimage (Haj) Affairs Ministry to honour nearly 200 heads and members of the 2013 Haj program.
Dr. Bandar ibn Muhammad Hajjar, Saudi Arabia's Pilgrimage Minister and several other senior officials attended the event. Speakers hailed the services and facilities provided to the pilgrims by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and his Government during the just concluded Haj.
In his key note address, Dr. Hajjar recounted efforts by the Kingdom from the reign of the late King Abdul Aziz to the era of King Abdullah to receive pilgrims from around the world. He praised the efforts made by heads and members of the delegation in serving the pilgrims by offering (each one) a complete package and working in dedication, sincerity and cooperation with all stakeholders during the Haj season.
He praised the role of scholars, writers and journalists in strengthening the unity of the Islamic nation, expressing thanks and appreciation to the employees of the various media functionaries for effectively covering this year’s Hajj. The ministry also gave awards for best media coverage of the last Hajj season and the awards were distributed to journalists by Dr. Bandar for their coverage of last year's Hajj.
Sierra Leone was represented by Hon. Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai, head of this year's hajj mission to Saudi, his deputy, Alhaji MS Kargbo and other members of the Hajj Mission, Alhaji Sallieu Mansaray, Dr. Ahmed Ramadan Jalloh, among others.
It could be recalled that the Saudi Crown Prince, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who is also the Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, last week held at the Royal Court at Mina palace the annual reception for leaders of Islamic countries; Islamic dignitaries; guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and heads of Hajj missions, who performed this year’s Hajj.