Marking the beginning of the five-day pilgrimage, Hajj pilgrims converged at Mina on Friday. After offering pre-dawn prayers, they will proceed to plains of Arafat today for the main ritual of Hajj-reciting prayers. They will spend the day there praying and asking for God’s forgiveness.
The pilgrims will listen to the Khutba-e-Hajj or Hajj Sermon at Nimra mosque and offer midday and afternoon prayers together before leaving for Muzdalifah in the evening, where they will spend the night under the open sky.
The pilgrims will return to Medina on Sunday for the ritual of animal sacrifice and symbolic stoning of the devil.
For the first time since independence, a record number of 2 lakh pilgrims from India have gone there to perform Hajj this year.