As the annual Hajj draws to a close in Saudi Arabia, pilgrims head to the Haram in Mecca for Tawaf al-ifada, Eid al-adha and tawaf-i-vida, a farewell circumambulation of the sacred Kaaba before leaving. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their countries.
On Saturday, pilgrims discarded stones picked up in Muzdalifah after spending the night under the stars in Jamarat or stoning the devil, sacrificed animals and shaved their heads on the 10th day of Zul-Hijj, which marks Eid al-Adha. -Adha.
The pilgrims threw seven stones at the largest pillar of Jamar Al-Kubra, symbolizing the stoning of the devil by the Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him).
For the next two days, Sunday and Monday, they will also throw pebbles at the Al Jamara Al Sughra and Al Jamara Al Wust poles.
Afterwards, the pilgrims return to their homes to shave their heads as a sign of rebirth.
The prayers of the pilgrims are also accepted by Allah for three months after the Hajj, while he or she returns to their homes like a newborn child, free from sin.
Zein Ghani, who was very generous and helpful to his group members, says it was a complete Hajj.
Bashir Valli, Nazir Ebrahim, Haroun Pandor, Yunus Osman, including the wives of South African pilgrims, among many others who opened their hearts to help those in need in any way they could make the journey of a lifetime or spiritual journey. ecstasy even more memorable.
Some 850,000 pilgrims from abroad have completed the Hajj this year, including 1,132 South Africans.
150,000 locals also performed the Hajj, bringing the total number of pilgrims to one million.
Meanwhile, King Salman, Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques congratulated the townspeople, residents, pilgrims and Muslims of the world on the holiday of Eid al-Adha.
King Salman praised the smooth and easy return of the pilgrimage after exceptional health conditions due to Covid-19.
“I thank Allah Almighty for the great success of the Kingdom’s efforts to reduce the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on all aspects of life, allowing pilgrims to perform rituals in a healthy and safe environment.”
King Salman also praised the thousands of workers for serving the two holy mosques, taking care of the kingdom’s guests during the Hajj.
With the great success that Saudi Arabia has achieved in combating the coronavirus pandemic, we have increased the number of pilgrims this year for the Hajj season to one million from within the kingdom and beyond, while taking precautions to ensure the safety of pilgrims and take care of their health.”
Muslims in South Africa will celebrate Eid al-Adha on Sunday.
The celebration of Eid al-Adha is intended to celebrate the devotion of the Prophet Ibrahim to Allah and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail.
At the very moment of the sacrifice, Allah replaced Ismail with a ram, which had to be slaughtered instead of his son.
This command from Allah was a test of the readiness and commitment of the Prophet Ibrahim to unquestioningly obey the command of his Lord.