MINA (92 News) – Over two million pilgrims to this year's Hajj have on Wednesday proceed to Mina to commence five days of hajj rites.
The Hujjaj will offer Zohar, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers at Mina and move to Arafat soon after Fajr prayers on 9th Zilhaj where they will listen to Hajj sermon to be delivered from Masjid-e-Nimra.
The pilgrims will early on Thursday proceed to Arafat, a valley which is about 9km away from Makkah. They will stay there from morning to sunset at the Hajj climax.
They will stay at Arafat till the call for Maghrib prayer.
From Arafat, the pilgrims will proceed to Muzdalifah, where they will pray Maghreb and Isha together and leave for Mina after midnight or early morning Friday, which is the Eidul Azha day.
On the 10th of Thulhijjah (Friday), the pilgrims will return to Mina to throw pebbles at the three Jamarat (huge pillars symbolizing the devil), slaughter their sacrificial animals and proceed to the Grand Mosque to do Tawaf Al-Ifadah (circumblation round the Kaaba).
At Mina itself, 51,700 Saudi and expat employees will be employed in multiple sectors to serve the pilgrims during their stay at the tent city.