Nearly one million people from across the world including India are performing Haj in Saudi Arabia today, the biggest pilgrimage since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Marking the beginning of five-day pilgrimage yesterday, Haj pilgrims spent the night at Mina. They are now converging on plains of Arafat for the main ritual of Haj reciting prayers. They will spend the day there praying and asking for God’s forgiveness.
The pilgrims will listen the Khutba-e-Haj or Haj Sermon at Nimra mosque and offer mid-day and afternoon prayers together before leaving for Muzdalifah in the evening. The pilgrims will return to Mina tomorrow morning for the ritual of animal sacrifice and symbolic stoning of the devil.
More than 79 thousand pilgrims from India are participating in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi authorities allowed some eight lakh fifty thousand pilgrims from outside the Kingdom to participate.
Around 2.5 million pilgrims including a record two lakh from India performed Haj in 2019 before the outbreak of a pandemic.