30 lakh Muslims to arrive in Mina today




Makkah, Oct 23: Around 30 lakh Muslims from across the world would be reaching Mina Wednesday evening for performing Hajj with the main pillar of the annual pilgrimage ‘Waquf-e-Arafat’ to be performed on Thursday.
The biggest tent village will be erected in Mina, where over 30 lakh pilgrims will pass the night chanting Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik (O God, here I am answering your call).
Following overnight stay in Mina, the pilgrims will leave for Maidan-e-Arafat, where they will offer Zuhar (noon) and Asar (afternoon) prayers together in Masjid-e-Nimrah after Khutba-e-Hajj. Wuquf in Arafat is performed from Zuhar to sunset on the 9th of Zul Hijjah of Islamic year. The main action in Wuquf is not to pray lots of Nafls but to just stand facing the Baitul Haram (Sacred House) asking Allah (SWT) for forgiveness while recognizing Him as our Lord.
After sunset the pilgrims will then leave for Mazdalfah, which is six kilometer away from Maidan-e-Arafat. The pilgrims will offer Maghrib and Isha prayers together at Mazdalfah. During overnight stay at Mazdalfah, the pilgrims will collect the pebbles for ‘Rami Jumrat’ and after sunrise will leave for Mina.
 On the third day of the Hajj, the pilgrims will offer Fajr prayer at Mazdalfah and after sunrise will leave for Mina, where pilgrims will strike at Jamratul Aqabah, the biggest of ‘Jumra’ by throwing pebbles. After Rami, the pilgrims sacrifice animals, shave off their heads and put their Ahram off.
Later, they will proceed to Makkah Mukarramah, where they will perform Tawaf-e-Ziyarat in Masjidul Haram and Sai between Safa and Marwa. Then the pilgrims will leave for Mina.
Saudi authorities have stepped up preparations for the five-day annual pilgrimage by mobilizing human and material resources.
More than three million pilgrims, including two million from abroad, are expected to take part in the great spiritual event.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, who is supervising Hajj operation from Jeddah, instructed all related government departments to provide the necessary services to the guests of God.
Khaled Mirghalani, Health Ministry spokesman, said: “The ministry has readied 25 hospitals with a capacity of 5,200 beds in addition to the 141 health clinics situated in the holy sites, to serve pilgrims.” More than 175 ambulances are on stand by,” he added. The Saudi Red Crescent Authority plays an important role during Hajj, providing first-aid and transportation services to hospitals.
More than 1,400 Muslim leaders from around the world are performing Hajj this year as guests of King Abdullah. They come from China, Russia, Cambodia, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Togo, Botswana, Burundi and Liberia.

A Bosnian pilgrim who left last December on pilgrimage to Makkah by foot arrived in the holy city after passing through seven countries including war-torn Syria.
“I arrived Saturday in Makkah. I am not tired, these are the best days of my life,” Senad Hadzic, 47, told AFP when reached by phone.
He said he had covered some 5,700 km in 314 days of walking through Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria and Jordan to Makkah, with a backpack weighing 20 kg.
He charted his progress on his Facebook page, where he posted a picture apparently of an entry/exit card for foreigners issued by the Syrian Interior Ministry.
“I passed through Syria in April. I walked some 500 km in 11 days. I went through Aleppo and Damascus and passed dozens of checkpoints held by pro-government and rebel forces alike, but I was never detained,” Hadzic said.
“I walked in the name of Allah, for Islam, for Bosnia-Hercegovina, for my parents and my sister,” he added.
On his Facebook page, he said God had shown him the way in dreams, including to go through Syria instead of Iraq.
During the pilgrimage, Hadzic faced temperatures ranging from minus 35 Celsius in Bulgaria to plus 44 Celsius in Jordan.
He said he had to wait in Istanbul for several weeks to get permission to cross the Bosphorus Bridge on foot and two months at the border between Jordan and Saudi Arabia to obtain an entry visa.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST

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