Hajj festival starts in Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia, septmber 22: Islamic festival Hajj starts from today. For this festival a large number of pilgrims comes to mecca. According to Islamic history The pilgrims undertake the procession by wearing simple white clothes that represents humanity, and remaining in a spiritual state wherein they are not bothered by any worldly affairs or any bad habits.
They undertake this journey in order to stand in front of the holiest shrine of the Muslim world and ask God to accept their good deeds.

The pilgrims perform rites which dates back to the time of Prophet Mohammad whose selfless sacrifice has no parallel in the history of humankind. The people perform a number of rituals like stoning of the three pillars of Jamarat, which represents Satan, they walk counter clockwise seven times around the Kaaba, they re-enact Hajar's (Prophet's wife) search of water by running back and forth between the hills of Safa and Marwah. They drink water from the holy spring of Zamzam in Mecca and shave their head or sacrifice a lock of their hair after the completion of the walk.

At the end they sacrifice an animal donating its meat to the needy and celebrate the four day global festival of Eid al-Adha. This Eid signals the end of the Hajj. For the next two days they stone the three pillars in the Jamarat. Later they perform the Tawaf Al-Wida', the Farewell circling of the Ka'abah before their departure from the city .Most of the pilgrims also visit Prophet's Mosque in Madinah during their visit.

On this ocasion due to large number of pilgrims traffic may affect so the saudi arabian govt. ordered the police to keep eyes on every situation ,also 1 lakh police officers have been appointed for the occasion.

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