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Published On: Fri, Oct 3rd, 2014

Hajj: Two million pilgrims for Arafat today

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Arafat-hajj-arafat-sAbout 2 million pilgrims from all over the world, including Nigerian pilgrims, are expected to gather at Mount Arafat today, October 3, as part of their Hajj exercise, where they will pray and seek forgiveness from their creator.

The Saudi Arabian government’s agencies have made elaborate arrangements to ensure the smooth flow of pilgrims from Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Riyadh, Taif and Dammam into the tent city. The pilgrims will spend the day and night in prayers and then head to the plains of Arafat this morning.

The standing at Arafat is the high point of Hajj. Pilgrims are expected to arrive Arafat in the morning and remain there until sunset and whoever misses Arafat would have his Hajj invalidated.

Peoples Daily observed that since Wednesday, pilgrims arrived Mina early, as part of their preparation for the journey to Arafat.

They were conveyed to Mina by buses in white ihram, a piece of white garment worn by male pilgrims.

The pilgrims were chanting: “Labbaik Allahuma Labbaik” (O God, here we are answering your call). as they proceeded to Arafat, where they will spend all day praying.

In Jeddah, Riyadh and other cities, men and women were seen driving in cars and buses to Makkah to perform Hajj.

A member of Kaduna state preaching team, Sheikh Sa’idu Babale, said it’s vital for pilgrims to understand the importance of Arafat, saying it is one of the pillars of the Hajj and that whoever missed it has no Hajj.

“No Arafat no Hajj; even if a pilgrim is sick, he must be taken to Arafat venue and must remain there until sunset. We hope our pilgrims understand this, so as to have a valid Hajj,” he said.

He also explained that, from Arafat, pilgrims would proceed to Musdalifa, where they are expected to spend the night and at the same time pick stones to use in stoning the devils, at the Jamraat.

“From the Jamraat, pilgrims will move to Makkah, to perform ‘Dawaf’ and ‘Sa’aye’, before cutting their hair, which brings an end to the Hajj exercise,” he said In another development, Kaduna state’s 2014 Amirul Hajj, Alhaji Rabi’u Bako yesterday said only 80 out of 5, 672 registered pilgrims in the state did not go to Madinah and instead arrived at king Abdul’azeez International Airport, Jeddah.

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He said they would be taken to Makkah after Arafat, as he urged them to pray for peace and stability of the country.

The Amirul Hajj, who disclosed this during a chat with journalists in Muna, gave thanks to Allah for making their journey to Saudi a success.

Alhaji Bako thanked the Hajj officials for all their support, which led to the success in transporting the pilgrims with ease to Muna and then to Arafat.

He also commended the state governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, for all his support to the Hajj team.

 

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