MAKKAH – Over two million faithful have started gathering at the tent valley of Mina following the start of Hajj ritual today on Wednesday.
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They will stay at Arafat till prayer call for Maghrib spending the day in prayers and repenting on their sins. After Azaan Maghrib, the Hujjaj will leave for Muzdalfa where they will offer Maghrib and Isha prayers and spend the night in the open sky.
The stay at Arafat on 9th of Zil Hijjah is the main ritual of Hajj.
Over one hundred and seventy nine thousand Pakistani pilgrims are performing hajj this year. Over two thousand people have been deployed by the ministry of religious affairs in Mina for the assistance of hujjaj. These include six hundred Moavneens and about fifteen hundred personnel of Pakistan Hajj Volunteer Group (PHVG).
It is important to mention here that Saudi authorities have barred around 450,000 pilgrims from entering Mina over incomplete documentation.