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Mount Arafat Hosts Over 2 Million Pilgrims for Hajj's Most Sacred Rite

Saturday 15 June 2024 - 12:40
Mount Arafat Hosts Over 2 Million Pilgrims for Hajj's Most Sacred Rite

In a profound display of devotion, more than two million pilgrims converged on Mount Arafat on Saturday to perform the most significant rite of the Hajj pilgrimage. The atmosphere was filled with a sense of piety and reverence as the faithful gathered on this sacred site.

The pilgrims offered the Dhuhr and Asr prayers, abbreviated and combined, with a single call to prayer (adhan) but two iqamas, at the Namira Mosque. They listened to the Arafat Sermon, which was translated into around twenty languages. As the sun set, the pilgrims made their way to Muzdalifah, where they performed the Maghrib and Isha prayers.

Located approximately 20 kilometers from Mecca, Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal Al-Rahma, represents the pinnacle of the pilgrimage journey.

On Sunday, the first day of Eid Al-Adha in Saudi Arabia, the pilgrims began the ritual of stoning the jamarat (stone pillars) at the Mina site at dawn, casting seven pebbles at Jamrat Al-Aqaba.

Following this ritual, the pilgrims proceeded with the shaving or cutting of their hair and the sacrificing of their sacrificial animal (Hady) for Eid Al-Adha. They then performed the Tawaf Al-Ifadha (the farewell circumambulation of the Kaaba), after which they returned to Mina to spend the remaining days of Tashriq.

This year, the number of Moroccan pilgrims stands at 34,000, with 22,500 being supervised by the Ministry of Habous and Islamic Affairs, while travel agencies are overseeing the remaining 11,500 pilgrims.

The gathering on Mount Arafat represents the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage, a profound spiritual journey that draws believers from around the world. As the pilgrims stand in solidarity, reciting prayers and seeking forgiveness, the site becomes a powerful symbol of unity and devotion, transcending boundaries and uniting the global Muslim community in a shared act of worship.

With millions congregating on this sacred mountain, the Hajj once again serves as a testament to the enduring faith and commitment of Muslims worldwide as they partake in one of the most revered and transformative experiences of their religious tradition.

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