After five days, the pilgrims flocked to the tent city of Mina on Thursday to spend the day of Tarwiya (providing water), following the example of the Prophet, preparing to stand at the holy site of Arafat on Friday.
Mina is located about 6-7 km from Mecca.
pilgrims will rest in Mina, pray and prepare for the day of Araf on Friday, when the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) delivered his last sermon.
Arafat is the day of forgiveness. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Hajj is Arafat.”
The crowd was limited to one million, with 850,000 from abroad, including 1,132 South African pilgrims who will be allowed to make the Hajj in 2022.
Saudi Arabia provided the pilgrims with security, medical care and food, as well as vehicles to facilitate the Hajj and perform the rituals with spirituality and serenity.
The kingdom stressed that the state and service authorities will do everything possible to ensure that their tasks during the Hajj season are successful.
Cape Town pilgrim Mahmoud Moser says the experience of the Hajj has been phenomenal so far and the authorities are doing everything they can to help pilgrims who have embarked on the journey.
“This is an inexplicable experience. You can have all the money in the world, but the invitation comes exclusively from Allah.”
He says the Saudi authorities have acted very effectively.
“They have become better, they are trying their best and doing everything possible to make this hajj memorable for a million pilgrims.”
Mina is the largest tent city in the world covering over 2.5 million square meters and accommodating about 2.6 million pilgrims.
Mina’s Tent City is one of the largest projects implemented by the Saudi government, serving pilgrims during the Hajj season, providing them with comfort and safety.
This year’s Hajj is also the largest since 2019 after two Covid-stricken years when only tens of thousands of people could take part.
All pilgrims are fully vaccinated and have passed negative PCR tests.
Hajj, usually one of the largest annual religious gatherings in the world, is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be performed by all Muslims with the means at least once in a lifetime.