As the Hajj Reaches its Pinnacle, Muslim Pilgrims Gather at Mount Arafat for a Full Day of Prayer

As the Hajj Reaches its Pinnacle, Muslim Pilgrims Gather at Mount Arafat for a Full Day of Prayer

For a full day of intense devotion and contemplation on Saturday, Muslims from all over the world gathered at a sacred hill in Saudi Arabia, following in the footsteps of prophets under scorching heat.

The Hajj pilgrimage’s pinnacle is seen as the ceremony at Mount Arafat, also referred to as the “hill of mercy.” For pilgrims, standing shoulder to shoulder and foot to foot while pleading with God for forgiveness, blessings, prosperity, and good health is frequently the most memorable. About 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Makkah sits the peak.

It is thought that 1,435 years ago, at the holy hill, Prophet Muhammad gave his parting speech, also referred to as the Farewell Sermon. The prophet urged equality and harmony among Muslims during his discourse.

The Egyptian pilgrim Ahmed Tukeyia described his arrival at the tent camp at the base of Mount Arafat on Friday night as “indescribable.”
One of the biggest religious gatherings on the planet is the Hajj. When pilgrims proceeded from Makkah’s Grand Mosque to Mina, a desert plain outside the city, the ceremonies formally began on Friday.

According to Saudi officials, more than two million pilgrims are expected this year, which is close to pre-pandemic levels.

One of the Five Pillars of Islam is pilgrimage. If they have the financial and physical means, every Muslim must perform the arduous five-day Hajj at least once in their lifetime.

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