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Millions of Muslims at the holy Mount of Arafa, while others prepare for Eid al-Adha

Jedda June 27, 2023 (SD) – Estimated two million Muslims have gathered today in the area known as Carafa, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is home to the Islamic world’s holiest sites. They have come from various countries around the globe, fulfilling their annual pilgrimage obligation, Hajj.

Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, takes place every year in the blessed cities of Saudi Arabia, such as Mecca Al Mukarama, Medina Al Munawara, and others. The authorities of the Saudi Kingdom have stated that this year, the number of pilgrims has been reduced significantly due to the ongoing pandemic and other challenges that people faced in previous years, including accidents and various other hardships that pilgrims encountered at overcrowded sites.

A considerable number of Somalis are also participating in this year’s Hajj, with approximately 50 thousand individuals representing various regions in East Africa and internationally. This includes religious scholars and government officials, including regional presidents, ministers, parliamentarians, and senior officials from government ministries.

Today, as the first day of the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah begins, many Muslims who are unable to partake in Hajj due to their financial predicament and geographical locations also commemorate this significant day by fasting. They also pray to Allah that He accepts the pilgrims’ and others’ deeds and bestows blessings upon them. This day marks the beginning of the annual Eid al-Adha celebration, a joyous occasion celebrated throughout the Islamic world, with many in preparation for the event.

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