Rabat – Nearly 32, 000 Moroccan pilgrims have performed Hajj (the muslim pilgrimage) rituals in 2019.
A source from the Morocco official delegation, which flew to Mecca for pilgrimage, said that Moroccan pilgrims arrived in Mina, Saudi Arabia, in “favourable conditions and in all serenity,” according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
MAP added that Saudi Arabia mobilized tens of thousands members of Saudi security services to avoid stampedes.
In 2015, a stampede caused the death of at least 2,000 pilgrims during the annual Hajj in Mina.
International news outlets reported that more than two million Muslims gathered at Mount Arafat near Mecca to perform a major Hajj ritual on Saturday, August 10.
Mount Arafat is the most significant stage of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. It is located on a plain about 20 kilometers southeast of Saudi Arabia’s Mecca. The holy site for Muslims is where the Prophet Mohammed performed his final farewell sermon on the mount more than 1,400 years ago.
On the day, the prophet called on Muslims to pray to God for forgiveness and mercy.
Rituals on Arafat end at sunset.
Muslims performing the Hajj pilgrimage make their way at dawn on Arafat from Mina in Mecca to Mt Arafat.
According to Islamic precepts, the pilgrimage is not considered complete unless pilgrims ascend Mt Arafat.
Like this year, Nearly 2 million Muslim pilgrims from around the world converged at Mount Arafat l in 2018.