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The last batch of Muslim pilgrims comes home

12-05-2011 08:47 BJT

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Over 13,000 Muslim have now returned to Beijing after completing their pilgrimage to Mecca. For them, it marks the end of a long journey.

Expecting eyes and eager faces. Hundreds of family members wait at the arrivals area of Beijing Capital International Airport to welcome their loved ones home from their holy pilgrimage in Mecca.

The last batch of pilgrims have safely arrived. Many of their family members and friends have waited for hours to welcome them home from this once in a life time journey.

A family member said, "I left home at five thirty this morning. I come with my whole family to welcome my grandmother home. I haven’t seen her for 40 days, so I miss her very much."

Over 13,000 Muslim have now returned to Beijing after completing their pilgrimage to Mecca. For them, it marks the end of a long journey.

Another family member said, We are going to see each other very soon, we are all senior pilgrims, and we have come to welcome home this year’s new pilgrims.

For those pilgrims who have spent over 40 days away from home, there are a lot of stories to tell. Although it is a long journey from China to Saudi Arabia, these pilgrims say the journey was worth it.

A pilgrim said, "Everything went very well for us. I feel satisfied with this journey and I have successfully completed my work."

Another pilgrim said,"It has been a smooth journey. Everything has been taken care of, so that I could focus on my pilgrimage."

The last chartered plane carried over 300 pilgrims home. This year, a total of 41 chartered planes carried over 13 thousand pilgrims on their spiritual journey, all organized under the auspices of the National Bureau of Religion and the Islamic Association of China.

Hong Changyou, Vice Director of Islamic Association of China, said, We have made full preparations, apart from accommodation. We have taken a lot of measures to ensure the safety of our pilgrims through the whole journey.

And safety is a key concern for this annual event. As millions of pilgrims travel to Mecca every year to complete their spiritual journey, getting every pilgrim back home safe and sound is always a top priority.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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