MAKKAH: Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world gathered in the holy city of Makkah are performing ‘Rami’, the symbolic stoning of the devil.
Saudi authorities have made elaborate arrangements for the pilgrims in Mina, where thousands of tents have been set up to host the ‘guests of Allah’.
After the overnight stay in Muzdalifa, half-way between Arafat and Mina, where they stay at least until midnight, the pilgrims gathered pebbles to perform ‘Rami’, the symbolic stoning of the devil. The pilgrims stayed overnight at Muzdalifa under the open sky. After offering the Fajar prayers at Muzdalifa, the hundreds of thousands of piligrims have reached Mina and are performing the symbolic stoning of Satan.
It is to be mentioned here that Arafat Day, on the 9th of Zilhaj, (Sep 11) was the climax of the Hajj. Pilgrims had gather there on the hill known as Mount Arafat, and its surrounding plain, where they remained until evening for prayer and Quran recitals. Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H) delivered his final Hajj sermon there.
– After sunset on the 9th of Zilhaj, pilgrims left for Muzdalifah, half-way between Arafat and Mina, where they stay at least until midnight. They gather pebbles to perform ‘Rami’, the symbolic stoning of the devil.
On Monday, King Slam visited Mian to inspect the facilities being provided to the pilgrims and arrangements for the Hajj. He also took an aerial view of the performance of different Hajj rituals.
The pilgrims after performing Rami, will sacrifice animals as per the tradition (sunnah) of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), men then shave their heads or trim their hair while women cut a fingertip-length of their hair. After that they can end their Ihram and change back to normal clothing.
After that the pilgrims will return to the Grand Mosque in Makkah, circumambulating seven times around the Kaaba, before again performing Sa’i.