At the break of dawn today, 11 September 2016, Sunday, millions of Muslims from around the world who had gathered in Mina, Riyadh, to celebrate Eid Al Adha by going for Hajj, travelled to Mount Arafat for participating in the one of the most important rituals of Hajj.
After the Wukoof-e-Arafat is performed, the pilgrims will also be offering Zohar and Asar prayers in unity. This crowd of devotees will be listening to the “Hajj Sermon” together at Masjid (Mosque) Nimra. This practice is considered essential while Muslims are on Hajj.
Throughout the day as the pilgrims offer their prays and perform the ritual of Wukoof-e-Arafat, they will be repenting on their sins until dusk, when the ritual comes to an end. Mazdalfa will be their next destination, when they will be performing the evening prayers of Maghreb and Isha.
The Sunday night will be spent by the Hujjaj under the open sky of Mazdalfa. Tomorrow, 12 September 2016, Monday the devotees will offer Fajr prayer on Zill Hajj after which they will be going back to Mina to conclude their pilgrimage.
In 2016, around 1.5 million Muslims from all over the world have gathered to re-encat the rituals of Hajj, which were initiated by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) around 1, 400 years ago in the city considered holiest in Islam. Saudi Arabia was also the place where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave his last Hajj Sermon.
Although security has been tight since the mishap that took place last year. Many of those who lost their lives in the stampede were Iranian and since, the relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran have not been good. Unfortunately, the relations worsened between the two after Saudi refused to meet the demands put forth by Iran to ensure a safer environment for Iranian citizens.
As of now, as the occasion of Eid Al Adha nears and the Hajj Pilgrimage processes towards its end, the excitement in the Muslim communities have reached its peak.