Date :Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 | Time : 21:21 |ID: 107238 | Print

Temporary reprieval of 50 Prisoners in Saudi Arabia for Hajj+ Video

SHAFAQNA- Press TV: On Monday 12th August, in Saudi Arabia fifty prisoners have been temporary released to take part in the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

The kingdom’s General Directorate of Prisons allowed 50 prisoners and around 30 of their family members to take part in the symbolic ‘stoning the devil’ ritual which forms part of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

The prisoners’ day release comes as part of a wider initiative to help rehabilitate lower risk offenders and help reintegrate them into society.

The initiative known as Thiqa (trust) also targets inmates with cultural, entertainment and awareness programs as well as helping to equip prisoners for jobs once they leave prison.

One prisoner who attended the stoning the devil ritual said it was his first time performing the Hajj and that he was ”so happy.”

Nearly 2-1/2 million pilgrims, mostly from abroad, have arrived in Saudi Arabia for the five-day Hajj ritual, a religious duty once in a lifetime for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.

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