Cii Hajj Nerve Centre | 25 October 2012
3 million hujjaj have started moving from the Mina Valley to the plains of Arafah, the most important and sacred aspect of the Hajj.
The pilgrims will spend the day there and must be within the boundary of Arafah even for a moment before the wukoof ends at sunset.
They will beseech Allah collectively and individually and seek forgiveness from Allah.
It is the most intense movement of the entire Hajj.
At present visuals from the kingdom show hundreds of thousands of pilgrims streaming out of their camps in Mina.
Many will walk the distance of around 13 km while others will use the rapid bus transit system.
Saudi authorities have confirmed that over 1,7 million foreign pilgrims attended the hajj this year.
They are complement by at least 1,3 million locals and a number of undocumented hujjaj who manage to sneak in.
More than 82,000 security officers have been deployed to ensure smooth Haj operation. Amir of makkah Faisel al Khalid ((faisel))
The Commerce and Industry confiscated and destroyed about 7,500 fast-food meals and dairy products for violating health regulations.
Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Khaled Mirghalani said no cases of contagious diseases among pilgrims have been reported so far.
As Hujaaj are already began making their way to Masjidun Namira in Arafah in anticipation of the Wuqoof beginning at midday on Thursday.
Located on the boundary of the Haram area and Arafah, Masjudun Namirah is where the Imam leads the Duhr (noon) and Asr (afternoon) prayers combined and shortened at Duhr time.
Grand Mufti and Imaam of the Hajj, Abdul-Azeez ibn Abdullaah Aal ash-Shaikh, will deliver a riveting sermon to the Hujaaj and is expected to advise the millions of Muslims in line with the Quraan and Sunnah.
Following the sermon and Sallah, Hujaaj will fervently beseech to Allah.
The wuqoof ends at sunset.
Mufti Abdul Kader Hoosen has touched down on the holy lands of Arafah this morning in anticipation for the Wuqoof at midday.
Speaking to Cii News, Mufti explained that Arafah is not part of the Haram area.
He noted that Hujaaj should take out maximum benefit from this day by engaging in maximum dua.
The esteemed Mufti noted that Hujaaj are encouraged not to give up hope in Allah because Allah is the Most Mereciful.
Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said yesterday that all cases treated in the medical facilities in holy cities at this year’s Haj either chronic or simple cases.
Al-Rabeeah was inspecting the health facilities in holy sites in Makkah.
He praised the integration and solidarity between all departments namely the ministries of defense, interiors, health and the Red Crescent.
He said all are working in one system and that he was happy to see everybody well prepared with specialized manpower.
The minister said all health services are provided for every patient.
The total number of hospitals in holy sites is eight distributed in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah.
Syrian Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says there is still a chance for a truce to hold in the country over the Eid ul Adha holiday.
Most rebel chiefs have agreed to stop fighting boosting hopes of a significant breakthrough in the 19-month conflict.
The Syrian government says they will announce today whether they will respect the truce.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) says they will stop firing for four days if the government stops first.
Brahimi says is the truce goes through it could start a process of political engagement.
Illegal Hajjis persist in performing Hajj.
Mohammed Qurshid, a 94-year-old man, from Uttar Pradesh in India, is not in possession of any valid documents nor a Haj permit, but he is unfazed and confident that he will make his journey to Hajj.
Qurshid arrived in Jeddah a few months ago on an Umrah visa of 15 days validity with support of his two sons.
He says that although he came to perform Umrah in the holy month of Ramadan, his aim is to perform Hajj.
The Passports Department said this week that it turned away 26,000 undocumented pilgrims
A Pakistani Hajji gave birth to twin girls in Mina on Wednesday, the first day of Haj.
The mother named them Safa and Marwah.
Muhammad Mahmood, the father, said his wife started having labour pains after arriving in Mina and took her to the hospital where she gave natural birth.
A number of births are reported in the holy sites every Haj.
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