Pilgrims begin first Hajj rituals on 'Day of Tarwiyah'


Published: 2024-06-14 10:38

Last Updated: 2024-07-14 10:36


Pilgrims commence the first Hajj rituals on Friday, the eighth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, known as the "Day of Tarwiyah." It is recommended for pilgrims to arrive at Mina before noon on this day, where they follow the traditions of Prophet Muhammad.

The "Day of Tarwiyah" is named for the practice of pilgrims stopping at Mina to rest and gather water before heading to Mount Arafat. Pilgrims perform the Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, and Isha prayers, and the Fajr prayer on the Day of Standing, preferably shortened and not combined.

After sunrise on the ninth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, pilgrims travel to Arafat to perform one of the most significant rites of Hajj.

Mina holds historical and religious significance, as it is where Prophet Ibrahim threw stones at Satan and where he prepared to sacrifice his son Ismail. Prophet Muhammad also performed these acts during his farewell pilgrimage, and Muslims continue these traditions by throwing stones and making sacrifices.

Located 7 kilometers northeast of the Grand Mosque, Mina is a valley surrounded by mountains and is only inhabited during the Hajj. It covers an area of 7.82 square kilometers, with 4.8 square kilometers utilized for facilities, and the remaining area consisting of rugged mountains.

Mina's tents are equipped with safety features, including 30,000 fire sprinklers, over 3,000 surveillance cameras, more than 12,000 speakers for guidance and alerts, and over 15,000 air conditioning units.

Notable landmarks in Mina include the three stoning pillars and Al-Khayf Mosque, which is situated on the southern slope of Mount Mina near the smallest stoning pillar. The mosque, where the Prophet Muhammad and previous prophets prayed, remains significant and was expanded in 1407 AH.