- About 55,000 Nigerians Muslims in the holy land, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, will gather with other faithful throughout the globe for prayers
- The number of Muslims who converge at Mecca for the religious rite as part of the Hajj pilgrimage is about 2 million
- The chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar, said the body planned the journey of Nigerian Muslims to Mecca in order to avoid the harsh weather
No fewer than two million pilgrims converged on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia on Monday, August 20, to mark the climax of the 2018 pilgrimage.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that at least 55,000 Nigerians are part of the gathering.
The event at Mount Arafat features pilgrims’ supplication for Allah’s guidance and forgiveness. It also involves staying at Arafat from sunrise until sunset as a major rite of the pilgrimage.
It was gathered that movement from Muna, where the pilgrims spent the night in tents, started as early as 12 midnight on Sunday, August 19, and was completed around 6 a.m.
Pilgrims were camped in the tents, fully equipped with cooling system, to alleviate the high temperature which sometimes rose to 44 degrees Centigrade.
Earlier at the inaugural movement of the pilgrims to Arafat, the chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar, said the commission commenced the movement early to reduce the harsh effect of weather on them.
The NAHCON boss, who supervised the exercise, said its coordination and monitoring were done by committees set up by the commission.
He said NAHCON would continue to make innovations in organising pilgrimages, to ease difficulties of pilgrims.
NAN reported that pilgrims stand on the plains of mount Arafat in supplication, praying to Almighty Allah to attain various needs in life and hereafter.
Observing the Arafat prayers is the strongest pillar of Hajj, in fact there is no Hajj without the Arafat. Nigerian pilgrims are expected to hold a Congregational national prayer session later in the day.
NAIJ.com gathered that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria said that it was set for the inaugural flight signaling the commencement of 2018 Hajj operations.
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