A Ghanaian judge, one of the pilgrims in the just ended pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, has died after he was knocked down by a vehicle.
There have been a few natural deaths DAILY GUIDE has learnt, with two deliveries during the pilgrimage.
One of the pilgrims, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE by phone, said this year?s Hajj had generally been relatively successful, devoid of marked challenges.
The Hajj hosts the largest concentration of people for a religious purpose; and deaths do occur especially among the aged and frail. The dead are immediately buried according to Islamic procedure and their details communicated with the relevant authorities and missions.
The first batch is expected to touch down at the Kotoka International Airport on Monday, 20 October, 2014, with over 500 passengers.
The pilgrims have spent close to a month in Saudi Arabia where they performed the various religious rites making up the Hajj in various locations across the Kingdom.
They have been to places like Mecca, Madina and Mina.
Having completed the rites, the pilgrims are anxious to return home to the welcoming arms of their beloved ones.
With their days now numbered in the Kingdom, pilgrims are engaged in buying souvenirs and mementos for their wardrobes and distribution to their relations and friends.
Alhaji Tanko Ibrahim Abdul-Rauf had earlier expressed satisfaction with this year?s operations.
By A.R. Gomda