The caravans of hajj pilgrims reached Mina after Fajr prayers on Tuesday after spending the night in Waqf Arafa and Muzdalifah. On the first day of Eid-ul-Adha, the hajj pilgrims are throwing Jamra Aqaba (the big devil) with social distance and preventive measures. Then they reached Makkah and performed Tawaf.
After Rami, the pilgrims will spend their time in worship in Mina. Saudi officials have made all arrangements for the safety of the pilgrims during this Hajj. Earlier, the caravan of pilgrims had reached Muzdalifah after sunset on the ninth of Dhu al-Hijjah after performing the Waqf of Arafat, the great member of Hajj in the field of Arafat.
Transportation of Hajj Pilgrims from Arafat to Muzdalifah
About 1,500 buses carrying pilgrims from Arafat Square to Muzdalifah arrived near the pilgrims’ quarters at 4 p.m. They are being delivered while maintaining social distance.
According to the official news agency ACPA, the caravan of pilgrims left Arafat Square for Muzdalifah after sunset. Arriving in Muzdalifah, the pilgrims performed the Maghrib and Isha prayers at a distance of one adhan or two iqamas and spent the rest of the night in worship.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had arranged for overnight stays in Muzdalifah, where social distance was restricted.
What is Muzdalifah
According to the SPA, Muzdalifah is one of the three major pilgrimage sites. It is located between Mina and Arafat. Pilgrims stay here till dawn and collect pebbles for Rami Jamrat (throwing stones at symbolic demons). However, as a precautionary measure, pilgrims are provided with sanitized stones.
On the twelfth and thirteenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, all three will throw on Thursday. Some of the pilgrims will leave the Mina after throwing stones on the 12th Dhul-Hijjah.
Why Pilgrims throw Stones?
Jamrat is a Complex where 5 million people can throw stones. After spending the night in Waqf Arafa and Muzdalifah, the pilgrims reach Mina on Tuesday morning and are throwing. The throwing of stones, commonly known as throwing stones at demons, is one of the most important rituals of Hajj.
To make the rummy easy and safe, Jamrat Complex has been constructed, which is 950 meters long. It is 80 meters wide and has four floors. In the future, 12 floors of the complex can be raised, which will throw 5 million pilgrims at a time. The pillars of Jamrat are 60 meters high; these pillars are oval.
Another thing that has been arranged in the construction of the Jamrat Complex is that all the pilgrims should be prevented from gathering on one of the routes of Jamrat Bridge at once. That is why many paths have been paved.
The Jamrat Bridge has also been connected to the Musharraf Holy Train to reach their destination by train after Rami.