The King’s message was read by Minister of Islamic Affairs Ahmed Taoufik in conjunction with the departure of the first group of Moroccan pilgrims at the Rabat-Salé airport on Thursday.
“As you, the first group of pilgrims, are about to leave for the Holy Land, it gives me great pleasure, in my capacity as Commander of the Faithful and protector of the faith, who is entrusted with guaranteeing the performance of the rites of Islam in this country safely, to send this message to you and all those will be performing the Hajj rituals this year,” said the King.
The King also expressed how the preservation of religious tenets is important to him and called on his citizens to represent their country well.
“I urge you to avoid all forms of selfishness and provocation, and to embody the ideals of tolerance, solidarity, and cooperation through your endeavours to uphold righteousness and piety.”
As the King congratulated Moroccans performing Hajj, he also called on them to comply with the instructions introduced by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
According to the King, the instruction were provided to make citizens comfortable throughout their stay “and to enable you to perform Hajj in the best conditions possible.”
The King added that the ministry has mobilized staff to accompany citizens on the entire pilgrimage.
“They include male and female experts in Islamic affairs, doctors, nurses, healthcare providers, and administrators working around the clock to offer whatever services our pilgrims may need.”
The monarch then urged pilgrims to comply with the ministry’s arrangements “in an orderly fashion.”
He also called on citizens to comply with orders issued by Saudi Arabia’s authorities.
“I therefore want you to serve as ambassadors for your country, conveying a fine image of its cultural heritage,” added the King.
Thousands of Moroccan pilgrims perform Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, every year.
In 2017, more than 2 million Muslims landed in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj rituals.