Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for pinnacle of Hajj pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia barring Hajj pilgrims, Qatar says

Muslims believe that it was on the Day of Arafat that Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon at Mount Arafat.

The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam which every able-bodied Muslim with the means must fulfil once.

Wearing the simple white garb of the pilgrim, most of the faithful began moving on Sunday from Makkah to the nearby Mina valley to perform the main ritual of Hajj on Monday.

According to him, the security aviation will monitor the security state of the pilgrims and the traffic movement, will provide logistical support to the other security sectors, will do air-evacuation tasks and closely watch the movement of pilgrims between Makkah and Madinah before and after the Haj. "But another dimension to it is that majority of those affected are passengers of the travel agencies and, as you know, NAHCON will consider all pilgrims from states first as a matter of priority".

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Pilgrims pray outside Namira mosque on the plains of Arafat during Hajj on August 20, 2018.

The Saudi Public Prosecution has recruited 174 of its employees to serve pilgrims at five supervisory offices and 33 other offices, said the attorney general, Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Muajab.

"I came for umrah (minor pilgrimage) in 2007 and today after 10 years of registering and waiting, I am here", 59-year-old Tunisian national Najwa told Reuters.

On Monday, pilgrims will climb Mount Arafat for the climax of the haj, praying and reading the Koran.

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An official at Saudi Arabia's Hajj ministry said a group of Qataris had already arrived for the pilgrimage, which will run from Sunday to Friday, 24 August, but he did not say how many there were or whether they had travelled directly from Qatar.

He added that the employees are to begin investigating in the holy places the cases referred to them by the concerned authorities, bring cases before the competent courts, manage detention units in the holy places, and oversee the implementation of court orders there.

They have cut all ties with Qatar and banned all flights to and from Doha.

It ends with the Eid al-Adha feast, which is marked by the slaughter of sheep, a tribute to Abraham's sacrifice of a lamb after God spared Ishmael, his son.

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Saudi minister of information, Awad Bn Saleh Al-Awad who conducted journalists to the cites reiterated the commitment of the kingdom to conduct a safe and hitch free hajj. Hundreds were killed in a crush in 2015, the worst disaster to strike hajj for at least 25 years. Pilgrims will return to pray there at the end of haj.

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