MADINAH: YUSUF MUHAMMAD
Published — Monday 28 April 2014
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims of different nationalities arrive in the Kingdom to perform Umrah and visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
Arab News met Jordanian pilgrim Abdul Rahman Mahmoud, 50, on Saturday while he was taking a stroll in the spacious courtyard of the Prophet’s Mosque, engrossed in the spiritual aura of the location.
“I have visited the Kingdom a number of times to perform the Lesser Pilgrimage (Umrah). Each time I visit here, I find the Kingdom making fast developments, particularly in the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah,” Mahmoud said.
The pilgrim said he particularly noticed the changing features of the Prophet’s Mosque with solar umbrellas fitted with fans in the courtyards in addition to the luxury hotels built close to the mosque.
“I am flooded by a sense of joy when I step onto the land of the Two Holy Mosques for Umrah. We are warmly received at the entry points by our brotherly passport officers and other officials manning the entry points,” he said.
He was all praise for the efforts made by the Saudi officials for their reception and quick disposal of entry or exit formalities. He also hailed the huge expansion works being undertaken at the Prophet’s Mosque,
Commenting on the journey’s expenses, Abdul Rahman Mahmoud said the cost of a 12-day Umrah package for a family is 500 Jordanian dinars. It also covers the cost of transport and lodging regardless of how near it is to the mosque in Madinah, he said.
He thanked the Saudi government for the efforts it was making in the service of the Two Holy Mosques and to facilitate Umrah pilgrims and visitors.