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Footballers Abou Diaby, Demba Ba and Jacques Faty performing Umrah after arriving for Hajj pilgrimage, tweeted IlmFeed on Wednesday.

“IlmFeed,” is a London-based group which focuses on documenting and posting positive stories about Islam and Muslims, inspiring articles, Islamic history and more.

Vassiriki Abou Diaby, known as Abou Diaby, is a French professional footballer. Demba Ba is also established as a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Shanghai Shenhua and the Senegal national team.Jacques Faty is a Senegalese footballer.

The Hajj, one of Islam’s five pillars, is the largest annual gathering of people in the world.The date of Hajj is determined by the Islamic calendar, which is based on the lunar year.

On the other hand,Saudi Prince Khalid Al-Faisal also announced that the Hajj and Umrah train is expected to transport 365,000 pilgrims in addition to more than 21,000 buses to lift more than two million pilgrims.

He said Makkah governorate has completed 14 projects worth SR300 million, said the Saudi state-owned news agency (SPA).

In response to a question on the criticism launched on some media outlets against the Kingdom, calling for politicization of Hajj, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal denied such calls, saying that the best answer to whoever degrades the Kingdom’s efforts in the service of pilgrims is what is being viewed now by the whole world as unprecedented services to the guests of God.

Asked to comment on the hosting of Qatari pilgrims by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, he said that the Royal attitude is not strange as the brothers from Qatar are guests of Allah and we have to serve them.

He responded saying that last touches are being conducted by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah after having been endorsed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to a project to develop the sacred places of Mina, Muzdalefa and Arafat.

He also unveiled that the establishment of Hajj and Umrah University is another study being reviewed by the Governorate of Makkah together with the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques.

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