Hajj pilgrims progressed smoothly from the tent city of Mina and ascended Mount Arafat today. On the mount they performed the Day of Standing at Arafat, which is the high point of the Hajj rituals.
After praying on Mount Arafat, the pilgrims moved to the Namira Mosque in Arafat for prayers led by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Ashaikh, who also serves as Chairman of the Senior Ulema (Religious Scholars).
From Arafat the pilgrims depart for Muzdalifah, and then on to Mina, where they will perform the stoning the devil ritual at Jamarat.
Saudi authorities have completed their preparations at Jamarat to ensure that pilgrims can conduct the stoning ritual easily and safely. This year, the Jamarat Bridge was expanded so that it can accommodate 360,000 pilgrims per hour.
Additionally, a special brigade of the Civil Defense Force has been deployed to the area to perform crowd control. Strategies remain flexible so that the brigade will be on alert and able to act quickly if the need arises.