Hajj rituals begin with arrival of tens of thousands of pilgrims in Mina


Makkah, Aug 09 (TNS): Annual Hajj rituals have begun in Makkah with the arrival of tens of thousands of pilgrims in Mina.

Radio Pakistan Correspondent Muhammad Akram Khan reports from Makkah that intending pilgrims started pouring in Mina last night and this process will continue till Duhar prayer today.

About two million Muslims from across the globe have arrived Makkah to perform Hajj. A total of 200,000 pilgrims from Pakistan are also performing Hajj as per quota given by Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrims will remain in Mina until Fajr next morning on tomorrow, the 9th Dhul Hijjah. Then the Hujjaj will proceed to the valley of Arafat and offer Duhr and Asr prayers. The Hajj sermon will be delivered at Masjid-e-Nimra in Arafat. On the same day, pilgrims will leave for Muzadalifah after sunset without offering Magrhrib prayer to be said along with Isha in Muzdalifah. They will spend the whole night in Muzalifah under open sky and rest there until Fajr prayer. In Muzdalifah, the Hujjaj will pick up 70 pebbles to perform ritual of Rammi by stoning the Shaitan.

After offering Fajar prayer on 10th of Dhul Hijjah in Muzdalifah, falling on Sunday, pilgrims will move to Jamaraat and pelt stones on the largest Jamra, representing the devil. Then a sacrifice should be made in which a lamb or sheep is slaughtered. After this, men’s heads are shaved, while women cut a lock of their hair and male pilgrims remove their Ihrams and wear normal clothes. Then the Hujjaj will do Tawaf-e-Ziarat and Sai and return to their tents in Mina. The pilgrims will pelt seven pebbles on three each Jamra or Shaitan on 11th and 12th of Dhul Hijjah and leave Mina before sunset. Finally, pilgrims will do a farewell Tawaf in Masjid-al Haram before leaving the holy land to complete their Hajj.

Pakistan Hajj Mission has made elaborate arrangements for the facilitation of Pakistani pilgrims in Mina. Radio Pakistan Correspondent Muhammad Akram Khan reports from Makkah that majority of pilgrims has arrived in Mina. And information desk, Lost and Found section, Call Centre, and Complaint Cell have been established in Mina to help and guide Pakistani pilgrims. Over 600 Movineen and 2,000 volunteers are also in the field to extend any assistance to the pilgrims. Besides, Saudi Government has also made excellent security, health, and civic arrangements. The Hujjaj will leave for Arafat after Fajar prayer tomorrow.