AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday saw off families of fallen officers of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army and security agencies leaving to perform Hajj (the greater Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca) in recognition of the officers who fell defending Jordan’s security and stability.
King Abdullah surprised the families of the soldiers who died on duty during a farewell ceremony held for them at the Royal Court.
His Majesty spoke to the attendees, wishing them a rewarding spiritual journey and a safe return to their families, a Royal Court statement said.
His Majesty also directed the concerned officials at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to ensure the facilitation of all Hajj rites for Jordanian pilgrims this season.
The Royal Hashemite Court annually sends a group of families of soldiers who died in service to perform Hajj, with a farewell ceremony held for them and attended by the chief of the Royal Court on behalf of the King.
The families expressed gratitude for His Majesty’s efforts in enabling them to perform Hajj, noting that seeing them off before heading to Mecca shows the deep appreciation he has for them and the sacrifices of their sons and daughters, according to the statement.
They also expressed their pride in the King’s leadership and his support for the families who lost loved ones to their country, thanking His Majesty for ensuring that they have a smooth pilgrimage.