Pilgrims arrive in Arafat

October 25, 2012

Millions of pilgrims settled in Arafat today, where they performed Dhuhr and Asr prayers at Namira Mosque and listened to a sermon by the Kingdom’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh. The pilgrims will spend the day near the Mount of Mercy, asking God for forgiveness and making supplications. Tomorrow, they will return to Mina, where they will throw seven stone pebbles at the pillar of Al-Aqabah.

Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz announced yesterday that all pilgrims had successfully ascended to Mina, noting that 1,752,392 Muslims representing 189 nationalities had arrived in the Kingdom from abroad. At a press conference, he characterized the health situation as “excellent,” affirming that no serious epidemics or illnesses have been reported. Summarizing the services provided by the Kingdom’s various ministries Prince Khalid reported:

  • The Ministry of Health made available more than 3,000 beds in eight hospitals in Makkah, seven in the other holy places, and more than 150 health centers
  • The Ministry of Water and Electricity provided more than 600,000 cubic meters of water and operated six new power transforming stations
  • The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs recruited 12,000 cleaners
  • The Ministry of Transport’s train will convey some 500,000 pilgrims and 20,000 buses have been provided
  • The Ministry of Interior recruited 82,000 security forces, including 60,000 posted in the areas of the holy sites
  • The Red Crescent is operating 152 centers equipped with 510 ambulances