Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hajj begins today

Currently Muslim pilgrims are at the tent city of Mina praying, reading Qur'an and resting before tomorrow's events, the 2nd day of Hajj at Mt. Arafat.

According to Prophet Muhammad (SAAS), the Day of Arafat is the best day to supplicate to G'd. Muslims, who are not making Hajj are urged to fast this day as well and to increase good deeds.

2.5 million make hajj pilgrimage

Muslims from around the world have gathered in Mecca, birthplace of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage.

More than 2.5 million pilgrims will move out of Mecca to Mount Arafat for Tuesday's climax of symbolically stoning the devil.

Security around the pilgrimage has mounted amid increasing concerns across the Islamic world, including the bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan and recent attacks by al-Qaeda-linked groups.(MORE)

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