A Maldivian on an Umrah pilgrimage who was reported missing last night has been found safe and sound.

The local was identified as Mohamed Thakkan of Seenu Meedhoo Havaa. He went on the pilgrimage with the Nimsa Al Hajj Wal Umrah group, and the group confirmed last night that they had found the missing pilgrim.

They also confirmed that he was safe and sound and thanked all those who prayed for his wellbeing.

The group previously said that Thakkan had joined pilgrims for midnight prayers at the Grand Mosque in Mecca in the early hours of Tuesday morning and had not been seen since.

Maldivian pilgrims get lost often while on Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. While most are found safe and sound, tragic instances have been reported where the missing pilgrim is found dead.

Many from across the world are gathering at Mecca for Umrah pilgrimages during the last ten days of Ramadan, which is considered the most blessed ten days of the year.

Earlier this week the General Presidency of the Grand Mosques has deployed maximum manpower to control the crowd of worshipers as capacity has reached maximum in the Holy Mosque for the first time since the pandemic before the last 10 days of Ramadan