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300 pilgrims with disabilities performing Hajj

Jeddah: The Mecca Pilgrimage is an annual religious pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Mecca by millions of Muslims around the world. It is called Zu Le Hija in December of the Islamic lunar calendar and occurs between the 8th and 13th of the month.

This year, the Mecca pilgrimage will take place from July 7th to 12th. Participating in a pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime is a major obligation of all healthy Muslims’ financial means, with 2 to 3 million people attending 6 people. -Every day ritual.

This year, one million pilgrims gathered in the Holy City, and the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions prevented the ritual from being performed, so 85% traveled abroad for the first time after a two-year hiatus.

To ensure a smooth and safe journey for pilgrims, the Saudi Arabian government has announced a series of entry conditions.

Pilgrims who want to perform Hajj must be under the age of 65 and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a booster. They must also present a negative PCR test performed 72 hours before departure for the Kingdom, prioritizing those who have not previously performed the ritual.

Following the Prophet Muhammad, during the 14th century, pilgrims were in a pure and devoted state of mind, also known as Ihram, the combined sacred act of Niyyah and Talbiyah needed to carry out the Mecca pilgrimage. I started my journey. Whereas Talbiyah is a special prayer pleaded for achieving Ihram, it is the innate intent of performing an act of worship.

After entering Mecca, the pilgrims perform a welcome tawaf, starting with Blackstone and orbiting the Kaaba seven times counterclockwise. Then head to the hills of Safa and Marwa, where you perform saee, the act of going back and forth between the two hills seven times.

A circumambulator circumambulating the Kaaba in Mecca is shown in this slow shutter speed and long exposure shot taken on July 6, 2022. (SPA)

Pilgrims then travel to Mina, an area of ​​20 square kilometers, about 5 km from the Grand Mosque of Macca, on the eighth day of Zulhiger, also known as Yom Altarwija. Prayer and prayer, consuming rest and water before their long and dangerous journey.

On the second day of Hajj, pilgrims travel to Mount Arafat, 20 km away. This day is dedicated to prayer and prayer, observing duhr (noon) combined with Asul (afternoon) prayer until sunset.

Arafat’s Day is the most important day for pilgrims, with millions of people not acting. It is the day of “atonement for (Muslims) sins of the previous year and next year” and is the perfect day for worship and plea throughout the year.

After sunset, pilgrims descend from Mount Arafat to Muzdalifah for Isha (night) prayer, collect pebbles smaller than fingertip size and rest until midnight or dawn before the next day’s stoning ritual. .. Take a long journey back to Mina for the final step of the Mecca pilgrimage, a stoning ritual in Jamarat Alkaba.

After a two-year significant decline in the pandemic, this year’s Mecca pilgrimage allows one million fully vaccinated Muslims, including 850,000 from abroad. (AFP)

On the third day of Hajj, at Eid al-Adha, a pilgrim stoned a large pillar of Jamarat Al-Adha, the Prophet Ibrahim, who threw seven pebbles at the devil. Then the pilgrims will change from Ihram. The sacrificial animal is slaughtered, the man cuts or shave his head, and the woman cuts her fingertip-length hair to commemorate the end of the Mecca pilgrimage.

For three days, known as Ayyam Al-Tashreeq, pilgrims will stay in Mina to stone the other two pillars, Al-Jamarah Al-Wusta and Al-Jamarah Al-Sughra.

Saudi authorities prepare for years prior to the mass rally, carry out major plans to manage the crowd each year, divide large numbers of pilgrims into groups, and on bridges with pillars. Specify a specific timing and route to reach.

Thousands of volunteers, troops, law enforcement agencies, and medical personnel believe that it is their sacred duty to serve God’s guests on the most sacred and most sacred journey for Muslims. I am on the ground to assist the pilgrims.

Saudi scouts are assigned to assist the elderly and vulnerable pilgrims as they travel through Mecca’s sanctuaries to perform Mecca pilgrimage rituals. (spa)

Saudi authorities will use the power of technology to facilitate the transportation of “Visitors of Allah”, including the pilgrims’ smart IDs this year, allowing pilgrims to reach their locations and tents quickly, whether in Mina or Arafat. will do so. A robot with a touch screen that can be used to explain rituals described in 11 languages.

The provinces of Hajj and Umrah, in cooperation with the Directorate General of Awqaf, speak French, Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Russian, and Amharic. These are compatible with all phone operating systems and can be accessed by accessing guide.haj.gov.sa.

In a video shared on Twitter, the ministry said:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2117951/saudi-arabia 300 pilgrims with disabilities performing Hajj

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