Two million pilgrims in Hajj 2015

Saudi Arabia boosts security as pilgrims starts annual spiritual journey by climbing Mount Arafat on Wednesday after marching to sleep in Mina camp city

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Muslim pilgrims on the mount of Arafat [also known as mount of Mercy], wearing white robes

Saudi security authorities have implemented security measurements as two million Muslims start their journey to Islam's holiest site, gathering in white robes to perform the rituals in unison in a sign of equality between all people.

Early morning on Wednesday the pilgrims started the 14 km journey from Mina, east of Mecca. From there they are expected to stay to pray in the location of Arafat. Mount Arafat is revered in Islam and their visit to the site is the most important part of the Hajj, where the pilgrims listen to sermons and take part in prayers and ask Allah to forgive their sins and give them strength. 

At sunset pilgrims descend from Mount Arafat and spend a night on the plain of Muzdalifah to take place in the "stoning of the devil" at Jamarat.

Pilgrims from all over the world find their way in groups to Mecca, despite the difficulties of traffic and heat on the first day of Eid al Adha on Thursday, to continue the Hajj rituals in the Grand Mosque in Mecca where less than two weeks ago a crane collapsed due to strong winds, killing more than 100 pilgrims.

According to Saudi authorities, at least 100,000 police have been deployed for security and to help pilgrims who lost their way among the huge number of people gathering and moving at the same time in the same places.



TRTWorld and agencies