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Pilgrims perform four main rituals as Hajj nears completion


MINA  –  Pilgrims performed four main rituals of Hajj on Tuesday, Zil-Hajj 10, which is also known as Yaum Al-Nahr or the Day of Sacrifice.

After reaching Mina from Muzdalifah this morning, they performed the ritual of stoning at Jamarat and then proceeded to Makkah to perform Tawaf Al-Ifadah and sai’ at a time when most Muslims other than pilgrims all over the world started celebrating Eid-ul-Azha festival.

Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami, the commander of the Special Security Forces for Hajj and Umrah, said that the plans to send the Guests of God to perform Tawaf Al-Ifadah are going on in accordance with the approved strategy for this year’s Hajj.

Since the dawn on Tuesday, pilgrims started arriving in Mina after performing their Wuquf (standing) at Arafat, the most important ritual of Haj, the previous day, and overnight staying in Muzdalifah in an atmosphere full of spirituality with total compliance of coronavirus preventive protocols.

At Mina, pilgrims performed the stoning ritual at Jamarat Al-Aqba (the biggest pillar symbolizing Satan). They used seven sterilized pebbles that were provided to them in wrapped bags for the ritual.

They then sacrificed animals, and thus had a partial exit (first tahallul) from the state of ihram by shaving or cutting hair for men while women trim the length of a fingertip from one strand of hair. They then wear normal clothing after removing ihram.

Pilgrims, then, proceeded to Makkah to perform Tawaf Al-Ifadah and sai’ (ritual of running between Safa and Marwah), two other pillars of Haj. Those pilgrims who performed sai’ along with Tawaful Qudum (tawaf of arrival) need not perform it again.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques and other concerned authorities managed the entry of pilgrims to the Grand Mosque through specific doors for each group of pilgrims under strict coronavirus preventive protocols.

With the performance of tawaf and sai’, pilgrims would exit completely from the state of ihram. In the remaining two or three days of Hajj, which are known as Ayyamu Tashreeq or Tashreeq Days, the only ritual to be performed is stoning at each of the three Jamarat (Jamarat Al-Sughra, Jamarat Al-Wusta and Jamarat Al-Aqba) seven times after staying overnight in Mina.



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