Nigerian pilgrims converge at plain of Arafat for hajj rite


Muslim pilgrims on Mount Arafat Credit: Arab News

No fewer than 65,000 Nigerian pilgrims on Saturday joined their Muslims counterpart from around the world to observe Arafat Day at Muna, Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

They converged at the plain of Arafat to perform the core hajj rite.The ritual at Mount Arafat, known as the hill of mercy, is considered the peak of the Hajj pilgrimage.

It is often the most memorable for pilgrims, who stand shoulder to shoulder, feet to feet, asking Almighty Allah for mercy, blessings, prosperity and good health. The mount is about 20 kilometers southeast of Mecca.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that pilgrims marched to Arafat under comprehensive security arrangements coordinated by the officials of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and Saudi authorities.

The security personnel ensured the smooth flow of both vehicles and pedestrians by securing routes and implementing transportation and dispatching plans.

The security also provided guidance and ensured the safety of the pilgrims.

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NAN reports that both officials of NAHCON and Saudi authorities provided numerous services in the Arafat area.

The services included medical, emergency, and food services, catering to the needs of pilgrims who have traveled from all corners of the world to fulfill the fifth pillar of Islam.

Addressing pilgrims in Hajj rite, Dr Abdallah Gadonkaya, enjoined Nigerian pilgrims to use the opportunity of Arafat to seek divine forgiveness and solutions to their personal challenges.

The cleric also admonished pilgrims to prayed for the restoration of peace and economic prosperity to some parts of Nigeria that are facing security challenges.

He emphasised the need for pilgrims to conduct themselves and exhibit good behaviour with a view to projecting the image of Nigeria positively. (NAN)


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