5714 pilgrims head to Saudi

Manama, : A total of 5714 pilgrims headed to Saudi Arabia to perform the Umrah rituals during the Ashoora recess.

One hundred and thirty buses carrying the pilgrims were allowed to cross the King Fahd Causeway linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry said that 29 Haj contractors were were given the go ahead to organized the Umrah trips.

The Directorate of Haj and Umrah Affairs coordinated with the King Fahd Causeway police directorate and the passports authorities on the Saudi and Bahraini sides to supply them with the lists of authorised pilgrims.

Citizens and residents were cautioned against registering with unlicensed Haj companies which are offering pilgrims low prices.

The Directorate of Haj and Umrah Affairs said that it not assume any responsibility for any prejudice done to pilgrims who travel with unathorised contractors.

It urged planning to perform the Umrah rituals in Saudi Arabia to see the list of authorized contracts on its website www.islam.gov.bh or call the directorate during working hours on 17812854- 17812868 � from 7 am until 2 pm.

Source: Bahrain News Agency