The Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca begins

For those who could not make it to Hajj

Around two million pilgrims in Mina are preparing to move in a few hours up mount Arafat following in the footsteps of noble Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to perform one of the key pillars of the Hajj.

"Shariah came to preserve the security of nations and cultivate benevolence in (people's) hearts", he said, referring to the Islamic legal and moral code derived from the teachings of the Holy Quran and the traditions of the holy Prophet.

She said some pilgrims did not get beds so instead of sleeping in the tents provided at Arafat, they opted to sleep outside, some also said they wanted to enjoy the fresh air outside.

On Friday, they will move on to Mina before sunrise for the hajj ritual of the symbolic "Stoning of the Devil".

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuf Olaniyonu, Saraki said that Nigerians back home should join in the prayers on the Arafat Day as Muslims believe that wherever you are on this special day if you supplicate to the Almighty, he will answer the prayers.

All Hajj pilgrims will stay whole night in Muzdalfa and continue worships for forgiveness and pleasing God, the almighty.

"This is the first time I see anything like this, ever", she said.

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"Some pilgrims, for example, forget to protect their heads with an umbrella when they pray", said Bandar al-Harthi, a nurse at a hospital facing Mount Arafat.

In a hospital opposite the mountain, an area was set aside for people suffering dehydration or heat exhaustion. Ghana contributed over 6,000 pilgrims for the 2017 Hajj.

- More than two million pilgrims are taking part this year.

Tehran reported the largest number of victims in the 2015 stampede, with 464 Iranians among the dead.

Saudi Arabia's Governor of Makkah Region and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz affirmed the keenness of the Kingdom's government to serve Hajj pilgrims, provide them with all possible services, ensure their comfort and make this journey to the Holy Land an easy and comfortable one, until they return, safely, to their homeland.

"The reasons they [the Saudi authorities] gave so far indicates that they are overwhelmed with the numbers coming from all the countries, therefore every country must adjust".

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