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Around 3 million pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for Hajj's pinnacle

09:19 AM | 27 Jun, 2023
Around 3 million pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for Hajj's pinnacle

JEDDAH – Nearly three million pilgrims are pouring to Mount Arafat for the climax of the annual Hajj that is likely to break attendance records in the biggest Hajj gathering this year.

People who are arriving at Arafat, a mountain about 20 km southeast of Mecca, will offer prayers at Nimrah mosque and many pilgrims have already started to head to the region for key rituals.

Millions will spend the night praying and reciting Holy Quran here. The pilgrims will listen to the Hajj Sermon at Masjid-e-Nimrah while staying in Arafat.

The ritual is a crucial part of the pilgrimage as it’s the same point where Prophet Mohammed SAW gave his final sermon. Prayers on Arafat, are the highlight of the pilgrimage.

At this point, pilgrims donning Ihram chant Labbaik Allahuma Labbaik, meaning "Oh Allah, here I am".

In the coming days, the faithful will continue their journey to Muzdalifah, where they will sleep under open sky before performing the stoning of the devil ceremony.  

This year’s Hajj is said to be the biggest in recent times as it is among the five pillars of Islam and must be undertaken by all Muslims.

In previous years, Saudi officials limited the pilgrims gathering for Hajj due to Covid fears.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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