Wheel-Chair Bound Kader Khan in Mecca for Haj With Family

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Wheel-Chair Bound Kader Khan in Mecca for Haj With Family

Popular Bollywood actor, writer and director Kader Khan is in Mecca to perform Haj along with his two sons.

Khan, 78, arrived in Mecca with his two sons, Sarfaraz and Shahnawaz, who is also an actor and has been seen in films like Tere Naam. Shahnawaz is also accompanied by his wife.

"Kader Khan is very happy to be in Mecca," Indian Haj official Omer Khan told PTI. He said that right now he is staying in Azizia, Mecca.

"When he drank zam zam (holy water) he gave me a lot of blessings. His health is not very good, he is wheel-chair bound but is very elated at performing Haj."

Khan came through Arabian tours on Sunday and is in the country for 20 days, Omer said.

Khan has acted in numerous hit films while penning and helming many blockbusters of Indian cinema.

He has now dedicated himself to the propagation of Islam.

Over two million pilgrims, coming from all corners of the globe, will begin their trek to the tent city of Mina on Thursday in the first leg of the five-day pilgrimage.

The Haj will reach its zenith on Friday, October 3, when the nearly 3 million pilgrims stand on the plains of Arafat.

The pilgrimage will end after Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice.

The pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam that should be performed at least once in lifetime by every Muslim who is financially and physically capable.


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