The pilgrims began flocking to the level of Arafa to perform the greatest pillar of the pilgrimage, amid exceptional precautionary measures imposed by the Saudi authorities due to the Corona pandemic.
At the level of Arafat, 60,000 pilgrims will gather, a limited number that included residents inside the Kingdom, where the number of participants is very small compared to about 2.5 million Muslims in 2019.
This year’s pilgrimage is limited to those between the ages of 18 and 65 who have received two doses of the Corona vaccine, and those without chronic diseases.
What is Arafa’s story?
And Arafat or Arafat is one name according to most of the scholars for Mash’ar, which is the only one of the pilgrimage experiences that takes place outside the Haram, and it is not in Arafat for residents or Imran except during the days of Hajj, except for some government establishments.
Arafat is a flat plain with Mount Arafat called the Mountain of Mercy, which is 300 meters long and has a 7-meter long pole.
The day of Arafat is the ninth day of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, and it is considered one of the best days for Muslims, as it is one of the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.
The pilgrims stand in it on Mount Arafat, as standing at Arafat is the most important pillar of the Hajj. Mount Arafat is located east of Mecca on the road linking it with Taif, about 22 km, and 10 km from Mina and 6 km from Muzdalifah, which is the only one that is outside the borders of Haram.
With the rising of the sun on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, the pilgrim leaves Mina heading to Arafat to stand there, and standing in Arafat is achieved by the presence of the pilgrim in any part of Arafat, whether he is standing, riding or lying down.
But if the pilgrim does not stand within the boundaries of Arafat specified on this day, then his pilgrimage is invalidated. Standing at Arafat is the most important pillar of the pilgrimage, because the Prophet Muhammad said: “The pilgrimage is Arafa, so whoever comes before the dawn prayer of the night of gathering, his Hajj has been completed.”
Standing time in Arafat
It is from the noon of the day of Arafat until the dawn of the next day, which is the first day of Eid al-Adha, and the pilgrim performs the Zuhr and Asr prayers in Arafat, combined with one adhan and two iqaamahs.
And it is desirable for the pilgrim on the Day of Arafat to make a lot of supplication and the Talbiyah, because the Prophet Muhammad said: “The best supplication is the supplication on the Day of Arafa, and the best of what I and the prophets before me have said is that there is no god but God alone who has no partner.
The pilgrims remain in Arafat until sunset. If the sun sets, the pilgrims flee from Arafat to Muzdalifah to spend the night there, and the pilgrim performs the Maghrib and Isha prayers there as a delay. Meaning that he delays the Maghrib prayer until the time of dinner begins, and it is desirable for the pilgrim to do a lot of supplications and remembrances, and the pilgrim collects pebbles, then spends his night in Muzdalifah until the dawn prayer, after which the pilgrim goes to Mina to throw the Great Jamrah Al-Aqabah.
The hashtag “Arafah Day” was issued on social networking sites in Islamic countries, amid rejoicing by Muslims at the most important rituals of Hajj.
And a tweeter said: “One day a year may change your life for the better. It deserves to leave the world for it. The best supplication is the supplication of the day he knew it.”
One day a year can change your life for the better.
He deserves to leave the world for him.
The best supplication is the supplication on the Day of Recognition of Him.” pic.twitter.com/U8XoXvet7w
— ﮼فَخٌامةْ ﮼رَجّــلْ ﮼ (@F_M880) July 19, 2021
While Salem bin Mutarid said: “Praise be to God, who has reached us the best days of the world; O Allah, make for us in it an invitation that is not rejected, a provision that is not promised, and forgiveness and pardon with which you will inform us of your Paradise.”
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And he added: “Oh God, we ask you on this day to wipe away our pain, heal our patients, and have mercy on our dead. Oh God, give us joy and grant us from all entrances to goodness.”
Praise be to God who has reached the best days of the world. O Allah, make for us in it an invitation that will not be rejected, a sustenance that is not promised, and forgiveness and pardon with which you will inform us of your Paradise.
O Allah, we ask you on this day to wipe our pains, heal our patients, and have mercy on our dead, O Allah, give us joy and grant us from all the entrances of goodness #ARAFFA day pic.twitter.com/vuAP6ZMNM1
– Salem Bin Exposed (@ S66) July 19, 2021
The Palestinian artist, Muhammad Assaf, tweeted on the hashtag, the supplications that pilgrims make during this holy day.
I beseech You, my Lord, and if I am not among the crowds, responding to Your call, my Lord, and if I am not among the pilgrims, praying for Your sake, my Lord, and if I am not among Your servants, calling for Your sake, my Lord, and if I am not among the rows praying.#ARAFFA day
— Muhammad Assaf 🇵🇸 (@MohammedAssaf89) July 19, 2021
Saif said: “Oh God, on this day of great concern to you, we ask you by every name that is yours. Heal the patient, have mercy on us, and fulfill our wishes, O Lord.”
Oh God, on this great day matter to you.
We ask you in every name that is yours, we ask you in your greatest name, which if you are called by it you answer to pray for our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions all and to forgive us our sins and give us happiness and wellness and health and money and to enter us heaven and save us from fire and to heal the sick and kindness to us and fulfill our wishes Lord pic.twitter.com/CrhxNImc4m
— Seif (@seaf79) July 19, 2021
Saudi Ministry of Hajj
In the context, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj said that pilgrims arrive at Arafat to spend the day of Arafat, according to their grouping times, as one of the precautionary measures against the Corona virus.
On the day of Arafat, pilgrims are keen to come to the Namira Mosque to listen to the sermon of Arafat, then they pray the noon and afternoon prayers with the call to prayer and two iqaamahs, then they begin to pray and supplicate until sunset.
The pilgrims are busy during standing in Arafah with the recitation and remembrance, and a lot of forgiveness, takbeer and cheers, and they turn to God submissive and praying.
As the sun sets, the pilgrims begin their journey to Muzdalifah, where they pray Maghrib and Isha, and they stay there until the dawn of the tenth of Dhul-Hijjah; Because staying in Muzdalifah is obligatory, following the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) staying overnight, where he stayed and prayed Fajr.
Then the pilgrims return to Mina on the morning of the tenth day to stone Jamrat al-Aqaba (the nearest Jamarat to Mecca), sacrifice, then shave and shorten and head to Mecca to perform the tawaaf al-ifaadah.
In Mina, pilgrims spend the three days of Tashreeq (11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah) to stone the three Jamarat.
Last year, the Saudi authorities provided pilgrims with sterile pebbles for use in the rituals of throwing pebbles, disinfectants, medical masks, prayer mats and Ihram clothes made of anti-bacterial materials.
This Hajj season comes amid exceptional circumstances similar to last year, and the Saudi authorities have prepared to secure the peace of pilgrims.
Teams are sterilizing the area around the Kaaba in the middle of the Grand Mosque, knowing that the authorities will continue to prevent pilgrims from touching the building covered with black cloth embroidered with gold.
The Saudi Ministry of Hajj also confirmed that it is following the “highest levels of health precautions” in light of the Corona pandemic and its new mutations.
And the authorities began using black and white robots to distribute bottles of blessed Zamzam water to ensure social distancing.
The Ministry of Hajj stated that it will provide 3,000 buses to transport pilgrims, and each bus will transport only 20 pilgrims.
For his part, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj, Muhammad Al-Bijawi, said in televised statements, last Thursday, that dividing the pilgrims into groups, each of which includes only 20 pilgrims, aims “to limit the injuries to the twenty Prime Time Zone accompanying any infected pilgrim only, and to limit the spread of infection.”
The Saudi authorities will also continue to ban access to the Black Stone, which Muslims bless by touching, while the Saudi Ministry of Health said that it has prepared a number of facilities, mobile clinics, and ambulances to serve pilgrims.
It is noteworthy that the Hajj is one of the largest annual human gatherings in the world, and its organization usually represents a major logistical challenge.
It is noteworthy that last year, Saudi Arabia organized the smallest pilgrimage in terms of the number of participants in modern history.
The authorities initially said there would only be 1,000 pilgrims, but local media said up to 10,000 Prime Time Zone attended.
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