The Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca begins

01 September, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Over two million perform Haj today

About two million pilgrims from all over the world are now on the plains of Mount Arafat, observing the most important rite in Islamic Hajj pilgrimage. It is usually dedicated to prayers and reflection.

After the Wuquf-e-Arafat, the pilgrims would move towards Muzdalafa and there they would perform remaining two prayers, Maghrib and Isha, together.

She said: "I came here to Arafat to pray for my family, for my daughter, and my son, and all my family, and all the Philippines Muslims, and all Muslims in all countries".

The prayer session which was held at Makkah shortly before leaving for Mina and coordinated by the Amirul Hajj and Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. AbdulHakeem AbdluLateef drew tears from both male and female pilgrims, crying unto Allah for safety and acceptable hajj.

But thousands who would normally make the journey from neighbouring Qatar are absent apart from a few dozen because of a diplomatic crisis shaking the Gulf. The pilgrims have been accommodated in fire-resisting tents but some of them preferred to spend the day on the top of Jabal Al-Rahma.

In a hospital opposite the mountain, an area was set aside for people suffering dehydration or heat exhaustion.

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The Head of Nigeria's National Medical Team, Ibrahim Kana, told PREMIUM TIMES that due to the central place of Arafat in Hajj, the Saudi Arabian authorities have put in place arrangement ensure that all sick pilgrims are transported there to enable them to observe the rite.

Saudi Arabia government has voted Nigeria's hajj operations as one of the best the world over.

Saudi Arabia's Red Crescent said it had deployed 326 ambulances along the pilgrimage route to handle health emergencies.

Iranian authorities say more than 86,000 Iranian pilgrims are taking part this year, each equipped with an identity bracelet in case of any accident.

"The reasons they [the Saudi authorities] gave so far indicates that they are overwhelmed with the numbers coming from all the countries, therefore every country must adjust".

The Jamarat Bridge, where the ritual is held, was the scene of a stampede in 2015 that claimed the lives of almost 2,300 pilgrims - the worst disaster in the history of the hajj.

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