Millions of muslim became pilgrim - Photos

Nearly three million pilgrims are readying themselves for the symbolic stoning of Devil on Saturday, December 31, after standing on Mount `Arafat at the climax of the soul-searching journey of hajj.

Millions of muslim became pilgrim - Photos

A sea of white-clad Muslim faithful started moving to nearby Muzdalifa, a few kilometers from the plain of `Arafat, where they will stay for the night.

Early Saturday, the faithful will make the animal sacrifice ritual, marking the start of the four-day `Eid Al-Adha.

They will also start as of Saturday the stone-throwing ritual.

Pilgrims hurl seven pebbles from behind a fence or from an overhead bridge every day for three days at each of the three 18-meter (58-foot) high concrete pillars symbolizing the devil.

Satan appeared on the same site to Prophet Abraham, son Isma`il and wife Hagar, who each threw seven stones at the devil.

One of the five pillars of Islam, hajj consists of several ceremonies meant to commemorate the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family.

Every able-bodied adult Muslim -- who can financially afford the trip -- must perform hajj once in their lifetime.

Muslim Unity

"Make the Muslim interest your supreme goal," said the mufti. (Reuters)

Sea of Muslim pilgrims stood on Mount `Arafat earlier Saturday where Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) delivered his last sermon 14 centuries ago.

"O, Muslims, wake up," the mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheikh, told the Muslim faithful.

He called on Muslims to cement their unity.

"Make the Muslim interest your supreme goal," he said, warning that the Muslim infighting was playing into the hands of enemies.

The Saudi mufti urged the Muslim leaders to preserve the Islamic identity of the Muslim countries.

He further urged the Muslim youth to stick to their faith to protect their countries.

The Mufti also warned against staging political demonstrations during hajj.

"The hajj rites are not the place for slogans, postures and name-calling," he said.

"The world today is full of hateful party and nationalistic slogans ... all we see is fighting, blood and terrorism, the result of erroneous ideological struggles."

While listening attentively, the Muslim pilgrims were wishing for Allah's forgiveness.

"Whenever I stand on Jebel al-Rahma (Mount `Arafat)I feel reborn," Ruquia Manouzi, a Moroccan woman, told Reuters.

Mohamado Thiam, a telecoms engineer from Senegal, said pilgrims are praying for Muslims in hotspots around the world.

"I'm very happy, look how our nation is expanding," he said.

"But we have to pray for our brethren in Iraq, in Palestine, in Sudan. There are people dying there."

 

Muslim pilgrims performing the haj arrive on the plain of Arafat, near Mecca, December 29, 2006. On Friday, pilgrims will spend the day in the plain where Prophet Mohammad gave his farewell sermon 14 centuries ago, before moving back to Mena for the pillar-stoning rites on Tuesday. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

Muslim pilgrims pray on the plain of Arafat, near Mecca December 29, 2006. Pilgrims will spend the day on the plain where the Prophet Mohammad gave his farewell sermon 14 centuries ago before moving back to Mena for the pillar-stoning rites that marks the beginning of the Eid al-Adha holiday. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

Muslim pilgrims climb to the top of the holy rocky hill, the mountain of forgiveness, near the holy city Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Dec.

Muslim pilgrims gather praying at and around Jabal Al Rahma holy mountain, the mountain of forgiveness, in Arafat outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Dec.

Muslim pilgrims gather to pray on the rocky mountain of forgiveness, near the holy city of Mecca Friday, Dec.

Muslim pilgrims walk outside the Grand Mosque in Mecca December 27, 2006. Over two million Muslims begin the haj in Saudi Arabia this week, amid fears of sectarian violence and militant attack as well as the stampedes and hotel collapses that have marred the pilgrimage in recent years. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

Muslim pilgrims pray around the Kaaba, center, inside the Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest shrine, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in this Jan.

Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims move around the Kaaba, the black cube seen at center, inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia Wednesday Dec.

General view showing muslim pilgrims praying at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca. Around two million Muslims will Thursday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca amid increased safety measures aimed at preventing stampedes which each year claim scores of lives.

Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims performing the Hajj attend the afternoon prayers around the Kaaba, the black cube seen at center, inside the Grand Mosque, in Mecca, Wednesday Dec.

Muslim pilgrims performing the hajj pray outside the Grand Mosque of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday Dec.

Security forces secure the site as Muslim pilgrims pray at Al-Rahma mountain in the Saudi holy city of Mecca. More than two million Muslim faithful have performed prayers on Mount Arafat near Mecca during one of the high points of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

 

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