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Last Haj pilgrim from Telangana returns home

Algerian pilgrims arrive at Algiers airport on August 29, 2016, for their departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. / AFP PHOTO / RYAD KRAMDI

The last Haj pilgrim from Telangana, Haji Mohammed Ghouse, of Asifnagar, Hyderabad returned back to Hyderabad from Jeddah en route New Delhi today.

He was held up in Makkah owing to illness and later demise of his wife Hurmatunissa in Makkah on October 18.

Special Officer Telangana State Haj Committee Prof. S. A. Shukoor said that special arrangements were made for his early   return to Hyderabad. He spoke to Consul General Jeddah and the Haj Mission and requested to make arrangements for his return. (INN)