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Over 1.5 million pilgrims to pray on Mount Arafat in hajj climax

Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia: More than 1.5 million Muslims will pray on Mount Arafat in soaring temperatures on Saturday, in the high-point and most gruelling day of the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Worshippers from all over the world will climb the rocky, 70-metre (230-feet) hill, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Makkah, where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave his last sermon.

At least 160,000 Pakistanis are also performing the grand pilgrimage this year, joining hundreds of thousands of international and domestic pilgrims amidst soaring temperatures.

The pilgrims have reached Jabal al-Rahmah and will hear the Hajj sermon at Masjid-e-Nimrah with translation in 50 different languages, including Urdu. They will also offer Zuhr and Asr prayer in Arafah.

Sheikh Maher Al Muaiqly will deliver the Hajj sermon, at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

The pilgrims will then spend the whole day praying in the field of Arafah and leave for Muzdalifah at sunset.

After offering the Maghrib and Isha prayer in Muzdalifah, they will perform Rami al-Jamarat by collecting pebbles to carry out the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual in Mina on Sunday (tomorrow).

The pilgrims will then return to Makkah to celebrate Eid ul Adha and perform sacrificial.