First flight of the Hajj season 2018 to take off on Aug. 1

Muslim pilgrims go through passport control upon their arrival at Jeddah airport in the Saudi capital on July 14,2018, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. 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 / Amer HILABI

Hyderabad: According to the special officer of State Haj Committee S.A. Shukoor, the first Haj flight for the Hajj-2018 will take off on August 1 while the last flight will take off on August 16. He told this while speaking at the 14th and the final orientation camp for Haj pilgrims in the city. He informed that ₹2,000 currency notes are accepted in Saudi Arabia and pilgrims need not worry about that.

Addressing the pilgrims, Prof. Shukoor advised them to practice walking for five or six kilometres daily and to carry medical prescription and medical reports if they need medicines during the journey. He said SIM cards for international use will be issued to pilgrims before their departure from Hyderabad.

Maulana Mufti Tajammul Hussain explained the Hajj rituals.