Muslim pilgrims to Mount Arafat for Hajj 2024 over 1.5m

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Today, in the ninth day of the Zil Hajj pilgrimage, over 1.5 million Muslim pilgrims from more than 180 countries have started arriving at the mount Arafat to mark the “Day of Arafah” during the annual Hajj pilgrimage 1445 during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

On the Day of Tarwiyah, a day after the Day of Tarwiyah marks the start of Hajj from the tent city of Mina, there will be at least 160,000 Pakistanis performing the holy pilgrimage along with the hundreds of thousands of international and domestic pilgrims.

Reports from Abu Dhabi and Makkah indicated that pilgrims were making their way to Jabal al-Rahmah – a 70-meter (230 feet) hill about 20 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of Makkah, where Prophet Mohammed made his last sermon before his death.

Afterwards, they will proceed to Masjid-e-Nimrah to hear Sheikh Maher Al Muaiqly in his place of worship deliver the Hajj sermon which is given at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, which is the largest mosque in Makkah.

There will be translations of the sermon available in 50 different languages, including Urdu. As soon as the sermon ends, the pilgrims will leave for Muzdalifah at sunset and offer Zuhr and Asr prayers in Arafah before making their way back home.

They will perform Rami al-Jamarat on Sunday (tomorrow) in Muzdalifah after reciting the Maghrib and Isha prayers, as well as collecting pebbles by which they will stoning the devil ceremonially in Mina following the ritual of Rami al-Jamarat.

The pilgrims will then return to Makkah for the celebration of Eid ul Adha and to perform the sacrifices associated with the festival.

Heat is one of the biggest obstacles to the Hajj

A temperature of 43°C is expected to be recorded in the desert during the summer months. There is a lot of heat during the Hajj, which takes about five days to complete and is mostly done outside, but Abraman Hawa, 26, from Ghana, said that it is difficult because it is so hot out there.

Despite the sun of course… but it isn’t as hot as it was 10 years ago. Nevertheless, I will pray to Allah at Arafat because I need his support,” she added.

According to Saudi authorities, pilgrims are advised to drink a lot of water and protect themselves from the sun as much as possible. Due to the fact that it is not permissible for men to wear hats, there are many men carrying umbrellas.

A Saudi official stated that more than 10,000 heat-related illnesses were diagnosed last year, 10% of which were heat strokes.

It has been reported that climate change is increasingly affecting the Hajj, one of the biggest religious gatherings in the world, as a Saudi study found that the regional temperature was rising by 0.4°C per decade, according to the study.

Even though the Gulf kingdom’s scorching summer sun was not enough to put off Mohammed Farouk, a 60-year-old Pakistani pilgrim, he was determined to make his pilgrimage.

According to him, Hajj is one of the most important religious pilgrimages for me as a Muslim.

Windfall in the form of finances

In Mina, a valley located several kilometers outside Makkah, Islam’s holiest city, a huge number of worshippers spent the night in a giant tent city built from the fabric of tents.

On the narrow mattresses that were resting close together in the air-conditioned tents, many of them were tightly crammed together.

There were different groups based on nationality and the amount of money they had put into their Hajj packages, often several thousand dollars, depending on how much they were paying.

There is a legend that the Hajj follows the path of the final pilgrimage of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), which took place roughly 1,400 years ago.

There are two holy mosques in Makkah and Madina, and it is the title of their monarch that proclaims him to be guardian of these mosques, which serve as an important source of legitimacy for the Al Saud dynasty.

Furthermore, it is a major financial windfall for the conservative country as it aims to decrease its dependence on crude oil by developing religious tourism in a bid to play a more important role in the world economy.

A total of over 1.8 million pilgrims from all around the world came to the kingdom for Hajj last year, and around 90% of them came from abroad to do the pilgrimage.

By 2030, the country aims to welcome 30 million Muslims that will perform Umrah, the small pilgrimage that can be performed throughout the year, by 2030. Currently, there are 13.5 million Muslims performing Umrah in the country.

As the Hajj takes place after eight months of bloodshed in Gaza, which resulted in a large number of Muslims in the Muslim world experiencing an open wound, the Hajj takes place in the shadow of the Gaza war.

Hajj’s first stage is successful and has been completed successfully

The spokesperson for the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry announced at the Ministry of Information’s Media Centre in Makkah on the first day of Hajj, that the first stage of Hajj 1445 had been completed successfully, speaking at a press conference on the first day of Hajj.

Hajj pilgrims were transferred to Mina as scheduled as per the fixed schedule for the transfer of pilgrims during the Hajj pilgrimage.

During the holy pilgrimage of Hajj, a spokesperson for the godly authority stated that any attempts to disturb the peace between pilgrims and Hajj would not be tolerated.

The official spokesperson shared that 160 fake Hajj services have already been sealed, and 61355 violators of the rules pertaining to the Iqama have been detained so far.

Timenews1 provided that information.

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