Three of the five Ghanaian pilgrims who were confirmed dead in the ongoing Hajj in Saudi Arabia, were buried in the Holy Land of Mecca, yesterday.
The other two are expected to be laid to rest today.
The Hajj Board has clarified that the deaths are unrelated to the stampede that left over 700 pilgrims dead.
The Public Relations Officer of the Hajj Board, Mohammed Amin Lamptey, who disclosed this to the media said the planned interment of the deceased was in accordance with Islamic customs.
“They will be buried here in Mecca. Islamically wherever a person dies; he or she must be buried there unless in cases where the bereaved families insist that their relative must be brought to them,” he stated.
“When it happens like this, the deceased person’s family is informed, in most cases people who die during Hajj have some of their relatives present with them, so such persons are immediately notified of the death or better still we call home in Ghana to brief the family before we officially announce publicly.”