Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca gets underway, 2 mln expected

Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca gets underway, 2 mln expected

Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca gets underway, 2 mln expected

" It is with the excellent services and help rendered by the Saudi Haj Ministry as well as other Saudi Haj agencies such as the Muassasah Southeast Asian Pilgrims that all pilgrims are able to perform their Hajj peacefully", he wrote.

NAN reports that no fewer than 91,000 Nigerian pilgrims have arrived Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, according to statistics by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON ).

Saudi kings, and the Ottoman rulers of the Hijaz region before them, all adopted the honorary title of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, a reference to sites in Mecca and Medina. As many as three million prospective pilgrims perform a series of rituals over the course of five or six days.

"Our people back home should also join in the prayers on the Arafat Day as Muslims believe that wherever you are on this special day, if you supplicate to the Almighty, he will answer the prayers".

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A stampede in 2015 left more than 2,400 pilgrims dead.

Iran alone reported 464 deaths and subsequently accused the Saudi authorities of being "at fault" for them - a charge Saudi officials rejected.

The two countries then severed diplomatic relations in January 2016 after the Saudi embassy in Tehran was ransacked by a crowd protesting against the execution in the kingdom of a Shia religious dignitary.

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Saudi authorities have mobilised vast resources including more than 100,000 security personnel to avoid a repeat of the stampede in 2015 in which almost 2,300 people were killed.

This year, the dispute between Qatar and four Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia, prompted Doha to accuse Riyadh of creating obstacles for Qatari pilgrims after it cut economic and transport links with its smaller neighbour. It is also refer to as the Mount of Mercy (Jabal ar-Rahmah) and it is the place where Prophet Mohammad stood and delivered the farewell sermon to the Muslims who had accompanied him for the Hajj towards the end of his life.

"I receive a call, check the location and send the request to the proper authority as fast as possible, especially if it's an emergency like fire or ambulance", Shuwaibi said.

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