Hundreds of thousands of Hajj pilgrims have begun streaming into tent city at Mina from Makkah
01 September, 2017, 02:26
"Some pilgrims, for example, forget to protect their heads with an umbrella when they pray", said Bandar al-Harthi, a nurse at a hospital facing Mount Arafat.
"It's an indescribable feeling, a spiritual feeling".
A 104-year-old Indonesian woman is among those performing the Hajj this year, according to Saudi authorities.
The Chairman, Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr Izhaq Yusuf, has denied media reports that some Ogun pilgrims now performing hajj n Saudi Araba were among those confirmed dead in the holy land.
As many as 1,564 pilgrims arrived from Qatar for this year, compared with 1,210 last year. Authorities have deployed more than 100,000 security forces to secure the hajj and assist pilgrims.
She said apart Arafat and Mina where pilgrims are supposed to sleep in tents as part of the Hajj, in other areas such as Madina and Mecca everybody had a hotel room to sleep.
On Friday, they will move on to Mina before sunrise for the hajj ritual of the symbolic "Stoning of the Devil".
Saudi Arabia government has voted Nigeria's hajj operations as one of the best the world over.
Muslim pilgrims gather at and around Jabal Al Rahma holy mountain.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuf Olaniyonu, Saraki said that Nigerians back home should 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.
The next year, amid heightened political tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Iranian pilgrims stayed away from the hajj after the two countries failed to agree on arrangements and logistics.
"Everything is prepared", he said.
"Pilgrims have their own responsibility, and we hope they comply with the schedule plans and the flow of direction".
Confirming this development, the Commissioner in Charge of health, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Dr. Ibrahim Kana who spoke with some newsmen in Arafat, said this fit was one of the reasons the Saudi Health Ministry sighted in the award of certificate of merit and commendation to the Nigerian Hajj Commission.
"Thank God it is going very nice and smooth".
"I came up here last night and prayed, took pictures and called my family and friends", said Maolana Yahia, 32, who made the trip from Indonesia.
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