Pilgrims began flocking to Arafa to perform the greatest pillar of the pilgrimage.
Before heading to Upper Arafat, pilgrims spent the 8th of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Sha’ar of Mina, 10 Km far from the Mount of Arafat, before heading to the Mount of Arafat to perform the greatest pillar ofHajj.
Hajj enters its peak today, which is Arafat Day and what is known as the Great Hajj, where pilgrims flock to Arafat’s Mount after they have finished the Day of Tarwiyah in preparation for tomorrow to set off to Mina to throw stones “Jamrat al-Aqaba”. This Hajj season comes in exceptional conditions in terms of organization and number for the second year in a row due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Ministry of Hajj stated that it will provide 1500 buses to transport pilgrims, and each bus will transport only 20 pilgrims from the 60 000 citizens and residents authorized pilgrims selected from 558,000 candidates according to an electronic audit system.
On the ninth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, Muslims stand on Arafat Mount from the sunrise to the sunset. After the Arafah rituals conclude at sunset, pilgrims proceed to Muzdalifah for a shortened Maghrib and Isha prayer, and a brief rest.
On the other hand, Saudi Ministry of Health confirmed, yesterday Sunday, that no coronavirus cases have been recorded among pilgrims so far, underlining that it has set strong procedures of great efficiency to protect pilgrims’ health and adding that the monitoring and follow-up procedures for Coronavirus will last until the end of the Hajj.
Khalid bin Qarar Al-Harbi, Commander of Hajj Security Forces, confirmed that this year Hajj is authorized only for those who have received the coronavirus immunizations.
About 60 000 and nationals residents participate in the Hajj, compared to 2.5 million Muslims who attended in 2019.