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Pilgrims start setting out for Mina as Hajj begins Friday

  • Update Time : Friday, June 14, 2024
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Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, in white seamless ihram dress, began their slow and steady trek to the tent city of Mina on Thursday night in the first leg of their 5-6 day Hajj pilgrimage.

The holy city of Makkah reverberated with chants of “Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik” (O God, here I am answering your call) as more than 1.5 million pilgrims from around the world readied themselves for what is described as once in a lifetime journey of faith.

A large number of domestic pilgrims joined them in pursuit of their spiritual salvation through performing the obligatory ritual of Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam, reports Saudi Gazzette.

The pilgrims will spend the Tarwiah Day on Friday, Dhul Hijjah 8, in the sprawling tent city, marking the beginning of this year’s Hajj. They will spend the Tarwiyah Day in prayers and meditation in their tents in preparation for Saturday’s standing at Arafat, the pinnacle of the annual pilgrimage of Hajj.

In Mina, located 7 km northeast of the Grand Mosque, the pilgrims pray Dhuhr, Asr, Magrib, Isha and Fajr prayers. They shorten Dhuhr, Asr and Isha prayers to two Rakaats, following the tradition of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Mina is located between Makkah and Muzdalifah, seven kilometres northeast of the Grand Mosque. Situated within the boundaries of the Haram, Mina is a valley surrounded by mountains on both the northern and southern sides. It is only inhabited during the period of Hajj. It is bordered by Jamrat Al-Aqaba on the side of Makkah, and by Wadi Muhasser on the side of Muzdalifah.

The Saudi authorities have mobilised all their human and material resources to make the pilgrimage hassle-free and a great success. As per the instructions of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman, all the concerned ministries, government departments, security agencies and tawafa organisations are well prepared to make available of the best possible facilities and services for the pilgrims. The logistics required to support the millions of pilgrims are astounding.

The security authorities have completed all their flawless preparations to ensure the safety of pilgrims and security of the Hajj operation.

This year Kidana Company implemented the advanced, multi-storey residential towers, namely Kidana Al-Wadi in Mina. The 10 residential towers have the capacity to accommodate more than 30,000 pilgrims with modern designs inspired by the urban identity of the Holy Sites that aimed to improve the urban landscape and provide an exhilarating experience for the guests of God.

The company implemented the Kidana Al-Wadi project within nine months in partnership with the private sector.

The Mashaer Train has completed its preparations at nine stations spreading along the Holy Sites of Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat, connected by a double rail road with a length of 18 km. The train’s capacity is 72,000 passengers per hour in one direction, and it will operate more than 2,000 trips.

It works to facilitate the movement of the guests of God to and from their locations, while the speed of the train reaches 80 kilometres per hour and can cover the distance between Mina and Arafat in approximately 20 minutes.

The Mashaer train fleet consists of 17 trains, and the capacity of one train is 3000 passengers, while the train’s seat capacity is 20 per cent of its total passengers. It would contribute to transporting more than 350,000 pilgrims between the Holy Sites. The stations were designed according to the number of entry and exit doors for the train. There are 60 doors on each side, as the train contributes to transporting hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in each direction between the Holy Sites.

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has mobilised more than 2,000 employees to provide water services for pilgrims. The daily pumping rate exceeds 750,000 cubic meters in Makkah and reaches one million cubic meters at peak times on the Day of Arafat and Eid Al-Adha. The quantities of water storage have reached 3.2 million cubic meters, in addition to implementing about 4,100 daily laboratory tests to ensure the quality of water provided to the pilgrims.

The ministry has launched 10 projects worth more than SR158 million to develop infrastructure and support water supply.

The Ministry of Transport and Logistics prepared the flexible rubber asphalt initiative in the pedestrian walkways in the Holy Sites for Hajj this year. These include the road parallel to pedestrian road No. 6 leading to Jabal Al-Rahma in Arafat, and in more than one location, including the area surrounding the Namira Mosque in Arafat, with a total area exceeding 25,000 square meters, which contributes to reducing the temperature by about 20 per cent compared to other roads.

The Saudi Electricity Company has implemented the connection to the mobile stations with a voltage of 110 kV at a cost of SR60 million. This project, which was commissioned on May 31, extends over a network of more than 4 km in length with a total capacity of stations reaching 147 MVA.

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