Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Pilgrims were not given enough accommodation - Hajj Board

Pilgrims were not given enough accommodation - Hajj Board

The Chairman while stating that the state's delegation would leave for Mount Arafat today (Thursday) after noon for prayers, expressed gratitude to Allah for keeping the pilgrims in sound health.assuring that officials of the board were working tirelessly to ensure a successful hajj operation. "This day is dedicated to prayer for my three children and my family".

After the Wuquf-e-Arafat, the pilgrims would move towards Muzdalafa and there they would perform remaining two prayers, Maghrib and Isha, together.

"I came up here last night and prayed, took pictures and called my family and friends", said Maolana Yahia, 32, who made the trip from Indonesia.

But thousands who would normally make the journey from neighbouring Qatar are absent apart from a few dozen because of the diplomatic crisis shaking the Gulf.

"This is the first time I see anything like this, ever", she said.

"It is, therefore, not only advisable but necessary for our pilgrims to seize this rare opportunity the Arafat Day offers to offer prayers for our nation to overcome these challenges and for all development plans and policies initiated by the government to start yielding fruits but that we as citizens should rededicate ourselves to the service of our country".

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In a hospital opposite the mountain, an area was set aside for people suffering dehydration or heat exhaustion.

Delivering the pivotal sermon at Nimra mosque, the cleric encouraged Muslims to practice teachings of Islam in their lives, and refrain from misdeeds besides avoiding injustice and snatching rights of people. The pilgrims have been accommodated in fire-resisting tents but some of them preferred to spend the day on the top of Jabal Al-Rahma.

Saudi Arabia's Red Crescent said it had deployed 326 ambulances along the pilgrimage route to handle health emergencies.

It will be recalled that on September, 24, 2015, there was a stampede which caused over 760 death of pilgrims on their way to Jamarat for the symbolic stoning of the devil as well as the accident at the Kaaba same year. Ghana contributed over 6,000 pilgrims for the 2017 Hajj.

More than 100,000 security personnel have been mobilised to keep pilgrims safe, the Saudi interior ministry says.

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