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Hajj 2012 / 1433 AH kicks off!

Around four million pilgrims are making their way to the tent city of Mina today, Wednesday, 24 October 2012,  where they will spend their night before heading to the plains of ‘Arafah in the early hours tomorrow.

The Saudi government has given top priority to the security and safety of pilgrims and has deployed thousands of security forces in Makkah, Mina, ‘Arafah and Muzdalifah, all cities within a radius of 10 kilometers, to ensure a safe and secure Hajj. One hundred civil defence teams are on call in Mina, ready to deal with emergencies. [AFP] A statement by the Saudi Interior Ministry on Tuesday said that pilgrims were being transported to Mina without any obstacles, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. [Al-Arabiyya News]

Last year nearly 3 million pilgrims performed the Hajj, with roughly a third from inside the conservative kingdom. The Saudi authorities said there have so far been 1.7 million arrivals from abroad and about 200,000 from inside Saudi Arabia.

“I would love to live here for the rest of my life. There’s no such place in the entire world. This is a blessed country,” said Ziad Adam, 23, a theology student from Kenya. [Al-Arabiyya News]

“It’s my first time in Mecca for pilgrimage. I can’t wait to pray in Arafat,” 32-year-old Koara Abdul Rahman, a businessman from Burkina Faso, told AFP.

We hope that all goes well. The Saudi government has improved on projects in Mina, ‘Arafah and Muzdalifah to make it easier on the Haajis (pilgrims). According to AFP, it is estimated that more than 1.1 billion riyals ($293.3 million) on development projects in the holy sites of Mina, ‘Arafah and Muzdalifah in this year alone, all of which are outside Makkah.

The Haajis will spend their time at Mina in ‘ibaadah (worship), making du’a, reciting Qur-aan and making dhikr of Allah and prepare themselves for the ‘heart’ of Hajj- ‘Arafah where wuqoof will begin after mid-day.

We wish all the pilgrims Hajj Mabroor (righteous) and Maqbool (accepted)!


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