Hajj pilgrims spent the second day of Tashreeq (the days of Eid Al-Adha) stoning the devil at Jamarat in Mina.
The stoning ritual was completed without incident, thanks to extensive preparations in the Jamarat area as well as the expansion of the Jamarat Bridge. The ban on squatting was also a key factor.
Pilgrims who are not spending the three days of Tashreeq in the Mina will head back to the Grand Mosque in Makkah for the Tawaf Al-Wada (circumambulation of the Ka’abah).
More than 2.3 million pilgrims performed the Hajj this year, with over 1.7 million traveling to Saudi Arabia from abroad. The entire pilgrimage was broadcast live by Saudi TV so that Muslims around the world could view it free of charge.
In a press conference today, Governor of Makkah Province Prince Khalid Al-Faisal congratulated pilgrims on performing the Hajj rituals safely and without incident. Prince Khalid also serves as Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee.
The prince said that once this year’s Hajj is completed, the entire process and the services provided to pilgrims will be reviewed and violators punished. He noted that there continues to be a problem with pilgrims coming for the Hajj without sponsors as required by Saudi authorities, but that that it was less than in previous years.
In related news, Minister of Health Dr. Hamad Al-Manie’ announced that this year’s Hajj was free of epidemics or diseases that require quarantines.