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Muslim pilgrims mount Arafat for Hajj

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Women and Hajj :: EBook

The goal of this term paper was to give the Muslim woman a chance to see those Fiqh rulings that are specific to her in Hajj – since many a time her rulings are lost in the general discussion of how to perform Hajj. In the end one should have a general idea of those things that a woman differs in Hajj from men. They should be able to recognize differences in ritual worship between the women and men.


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Muslims gather on Arafat for peak Hajj day

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia: More than two million Muslims began massing Saturday on Saudi Arabia’s Mount Arafat and its surrounding plain, marking the peak day of the largest annual pilgrimage.

Swarms of pilgrims who had spent the night in Mina, some 10 kilometres northwest of Arafat, surged through the roads leading to the mountain after midnight.

“I am responding to your call, God,” they chanted in unison.

Many went on buses, while others set off on foot from Mina, a tent-village that comes to life only during the five-day pilgrimage.

Others took the Mashair Railway, also known as the Makkah Metro, to go to Mount Arafat and its surrounding plains, where the Prophet Mohammad is believed to have delivered his final sermon.

The Chinese-built railway is operating for the first time this year at its full capacity of 72,000 people per hour to ease congestion and prevent stampedes in which hundreds have been killed in past years.

The dual-track light railway connects the three holy sites of Mina, Muzdalifah and Mount Arafat — areas that see a massive influx of pilgrims during the Haj.

By sunrise, the Jabal al-Rahma peak — or Mount of Mercy — was covered by the white garments of pilgrims as they climbed to the high point and took up positions on slippery rocks to spend the day in prayer and reflection.

The gathering in the plains around Mount Arafat symbolises the climax of the Haj which ends on Sunday with Eidul Azha, or the Feast of Sacrifice.

The Haj is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be performed at least once in a lifetime by all those who are able to make the journey, and it is a dream that can take years to come true.

“I’m so happy to have set foot on Arafat’s sacred soil,” Indonesian pilgrim Noor Laila told AFP.

“I want to wash away all my sins and ask God to forgive my mistakes. This is the first time I come to Haj and I hope it won’t be the last,” said the 36-year-old.

Another pilgrim, Malaysian Abdullah Wali al-Deen, 45, said he had been working for years for this day.

“I came here with my family after we managed to save enough money,” he said.

“Everyone in here is equal. There are no differences between various nationalities. This is the religion of peace, love and brotherhood.”

More than 1.83 million pilgrims have arrived in the kingdom from abroad, marking a 1.5% increase compared with last year, said Mecca governor Prince Khaled al-Faisal.

Several hundred thousand Saudis and foreign residents in the kingdom were also granted permits to join them, he added.

Coping with the world’s largest annual human assembly poses a security headache for Saudi Arabia — guardian of the two holiest Muslim shrines in the cities of Makkah and Medina.

To help prevent chaos, the authorities have numbered buses and tents in Mina and Arafat according to the countries from which the pilgrims have come.

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia has invested billions of dollars over the years to avoid deadly stampedes that have marred the Haj in the past.

In January 2006, 364 pilgrims were killed in a stampede at the entrance to a bridge leading to the stoning site in Mina, outside Makkah, while 251 were trampled to death in 2004.

In July 1990, 1,426 pilgrims were trampled to death or suffocated in a stampede in a tunnel, also in Mina.

The deaths prompted authorities to dismantle the old bridge and replace it with a multi-level walkway with one-way lanes to ensure a smooth flow of pilgrims.

Saudi Arabia also launched a new $10.6-billion project for a new extension to Makkah’s Grand Mosque to increase its capacity to two million worshippers.

No incidents were reported this year.

“Things are going well and according to (the government’s) plans,” interior ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki told AFP.

For the first time this year, the Haj is being streamed live on video-sharing website YouTube in cooperation with the Saudi government.

“Millions of people from around the world will be able to experience and comment on the event by tuning in via video,” YouTube said in a blog.

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Journey of Hearts :: Audio Lecture on Hajj


The Hajj is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world. For a Muslim it is one of the essential pillars of Islam for those that can afford it. It is a demonstration of submission to Allah and solidarity of the ummah Journey Of The Hearts – a 2 hour How-to-Perform Hajj workshop that will take a look at the essentials of this journey of a lifetime. This is an essential lecture for those preparing to go to Hajj and will provide mental, spiritual and practical preparation.



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Hajj pilgrimage 2011: by numbers :: News !

The annual Hajj pilgrimage which will peak on Saturday as the faithful gather in the plain of Mount Arafat, outside Mecca in the kingdom’s west, is the world’s largest annual gathering.

Key numbers for the hajj this year:

  • – An estimated 2.5 million pilgrims are gathering in Mecca this year – 1.8 million from abroad and 700,000-800,000 from inside Saudi Arabia.
  • – Every Muslim country has a hajj quota of 1,000 pilgrims per million inhabitants and the biggest contingent – 200,000 pilgrims – will come from Indonesia.
  • – Saudi Arabia is deploying some 63,000 security forces, including 3,500 anti-riot policemen backed by 450 armoured vehicles, while the civil defence is deploying 22,000 forces and 6,000 vehicles.
  • – Some 1,500 CCTV cameras have been installed in and around Mecca’s Grand Mosque and 29 police stations will be open to serve the holy places.
  • – Some 20,000 health workers have been mobilised to cope with any emergency and five rescue helicopters also have been readied to serve the faithful.
  • – More than 12,000 male and female guides known as “mutawif” help organise the pilgrims’ stay.
  • – The Grand Mosque at the centre of Mecca, where pilgrims gather to pray and circle the cubic Kaaba building, covers 368,000 square meters (3,961,119 square miles) and can hold more than 1.5 million people.
  • – The Kaaba rests on a marble base and is built from granite, and has a door made from 280 kilos (616 pounds) of pure gold. The black silk kiswa covering, made anew every year, is embroidered with holy phrases using 150 kilos (330 pounds) of gold and silver thread.

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