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Cii Hajj Nerve Centre updates

25 October 2012

3 million hujjaj have started moving from the Mina Valley to the plains of Arafah, the most important and sacred aspect of the Hajj.

The pilgrims will spend the day there and must be within the boundary of Arafah even for a moment before the wukoof ends at sunset.

They will beseech Allah collectively and individually and seek forgiveness from Allah.

It is the most intense movement of the entire Hajj.

At present visuals from the kingdom show hundreds of thousands of pilgrims streaming out of their camps in Mina.

Many will walk the distance of around 13 km while others will use the rapid bus transit system.

Saudi authorities have confirmed that over 1,7 million foreign pilgrims attended the hajj this year.

They are complement by at least 1,3 million locals and a number of undocumented hujjaj who manage to sneak in.

More than 82,000 security officers have been deployed to ensure smooth Haj operation. Amir of makkah Faisel al Khalid ((faisel))

The Commerce and Industry confiscated and destroyed about 7,500 fast-food meals and dairy products for violating health regulations.

Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Khaled Mirghalani said no cases of contagious diseases among pilgrims have been reported so far.

As Hujaaj are already began making their way to Masjidun Namira in Arafah in anticipation of the Wuqoof beginning at midday on Thursday.

Located on the boundary of the Haram area and Arafah, Masjudun Namirah is where the Imam leads the Duhr (noon) and Asr (afternoon) prayers combined and shortened at Duhr time.

Grand Mufti and Imaam of the Hajj, Abdul-Azeez ibn Abdullaah Aal ash-Shaikh, will deliver a riveting sermon to the Hujaaj and is expected to advise the millions of Muslims in line with the Quraan and Sunnah.

Following the sermon and Sallah, Hujaaj will fervently beseech to Allah.

The wuqoof ends at sunset.

Mufti Abdul Kader Hoosen has touched down on the holy lands of Arafah this morning in anticipation for the Wuqoof at midday.

Speaking to Cii News, Mufti explained that Arafah is not part of the Haram area.

He noted that Hujaaj should take out maximum benefit from this day by engaging in maximum dua.

The esteemed Mufti noted that Hujaaj are encouraged not to give up hope in Allah because Allah is the Most Mereciful.

Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said yesterday that all cases treated in the medical facilities in holy cities at this year’s Haj either chronic or simple cases.

Al-Rabeeah was inspecting the health facilities in holy sites in Makkah.

He praised the integration and solidarity between all departments namely the ministries of defense, interiors, health and the Red Crescent.

He said all are working in one system and that he was happy to see everybody well prepared with specialized manpower.

The minister said all health services are provided for every patient.

The total number of hospitals in holy sites is eight distributed in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah.

Syrian Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says there is still a chance for a truce to hold in the country over the Eid ul Adha holiday.

Most rebel chiefs have agreed to stop fighting boosting hopes of a significant breakthrough in the 19-month conflict.

The Syrian government says they will announce today whether they will respect the truce.

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) says they will stop firing for four days if the government stops first.

Brahimi says is the truce goes through it could start a process of political engagement.

Illegal Hajjis persist in performing Hajj.

Mohammed Qurshid, a 94-year-old man, from Uttar Pradesh in India, is not in possession of any valid documents nor a Haj permit, but he is unfazed and confident that he will make his journey to Hajj.

Qurshid arrived in Jeddah a few months ago on an Umrah visa of 15 days validity with support of his two sons.

He says that although he came to perform Umrah in the holy month of Ramadan, his aim is to perform Hajj.

The Passports Department said this week that it turned away 26,000 undocumented pilgrims

A Pakistani Hajji gave birth to twin girls in Mina on Wednesday, the first day of Haj.

The mother named them Safa and Marwah.

Muhammad Mahmood, the father, said his wife started having labour pains after arriving in Mina and took her to the hospital where she gave natural birth.

A number of births are reported in the holy sites every Haj.

Day of Arafah – Day of Dua

3 million hujjaj started moving from the Mina Valley to the Plains of Arafah on Thursday morning, the most important and sacred aspect of the Hajj.

The pilgrims will spend the day there and must be within the boundary of Arafah, even for a moment, before the wukoof ends at sunset.

They will beseech Allah collectively and individually and seek forgiveness from Allah.

It is the most intense period of the entire Hajj pilgrimage, a scared fundemental of Islam, that Muslims must do at least once in a life time provided they have the means.

Visuals from the kingdom on Thursday morning show hundreds of thousands of pilgrims streaming out of their camps in Mina.

Many will walk the distance of around 13 km while others will use the rapid bus transit system.

Ml Moosa Olga, one of the spiritual leaders of the South African Hujjaj, encouraged people to imbue taqwa during the hajj and further on in their lives.

“When Sayyidina Umar (RA) asked Kaab Ahbar (RA), explain what taqwa is. He said taqwa means if a person is walking on a pathway full of thorns, then how cautious he will be that I don’t tramp any thorns that will prick my feet. How cautious he will be that no thorn must hook onto my clothes, likewise I will be cautious that this think that I will say or do may earn the wrath of Allah.”

At Arafah the Khutbah or traditional sermon will be delivered the by the grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh. The Dhur and Asr prayer will be combined and then the pilgrims will intensely beseech Allah to fulfill all their needs of this life and the hereafter. They will then leave for Muzdalifah after sunset without performing the Maghrib prayer.

The old Kiswa or Kabah covering was also removed at the Haram, or sacred masjid in Makkah Mukarramah on Thursday. The black cloth will be replaced by a new one today. Some 30 workers of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs will clothe the Ka’aba with a new cover made of pure silk at a cost of SR20 million.

Kiswa being removed –
Saudi authorities have confirmed that over 1,7 million foreign pilgrims attended the hajj this year. They are complement by at least 1,3 million locals and a number of undocumented hujjaj who manage to sneak in. More than 82,000 security officers have been deployed to ensure smooth Haj operation.

The Commerce and Industry confiscated and destroyed about 7,500 fast-food meals and dairy products for violating health regulations.

Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Khaled Mirghalani said no cases of contagious diseases among pilgrims have been reported so far.

‘Arafah was experienced by all Prophets (AS)’

Senior South African scholar and resident Mufti at Cii Broadcasting, Abdool Kader Hoosen, explained that the most significant virtue of Arafah is the fact that every Prophet of God, from Adam (AS) to Muhammad (SAW) came to the plains of Arafah. 3 million Muslims pilgrims will gather in the same area on Thursday, in the worship of God Almighty as the annual pilgrimage reaches its climax.

According to the narration of the final Messenger, Muhammad (SAW) there was not single Nabi of Allah (prophet) who had not experienced the congregation of Arafah.

“From Nabi Adam (AS) to Mustafa Muhammed (SAW), they all went to Arafah,” the Mufti confirmed.

He further said that the Dua (prayer) excessively read by all the prophets was the Kalima of Tawhid, the fourth proclamation of faith, emphasising the oneness of Allah and delegitimising the worship of idols or other personalities.

ا الهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِيْكَ لَهْ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْى وَ يُمِيْتُ وَ هُوَحَىُّ لَّا يَمُوْتُ اَبَدًا اَبَدًا ط ذُو الْجَلَالِ وَ الْاِكْرَامِ ط بِيَدِهِ الْخَيْرُ ط وَهُوَ عَلى كُلِّ شَئ ٍ قَدِيْرٌ ط

La ilaha illAllahu Wahdahu La Shareeka lahu, lahulmulk, wa lahulhamd, yuhyee wa yumeet, wa huwa hayy la yumoot abadan abada Dhul Jalaali waal Ikram beyadihi alkhayr, wa huwa ‘ala kulli Shay’in Qadeer

(There is) none worthy of worship except Allah. He is only One. (There is) no partners for Him. For Him (is) the Kingdom. And for Him (is) the Praise. He gives life and causes death. And He (is) Alive. He will not die, never, ever. Possessor of Majesty and Reverence. In His hand (is) the goodness. And He (is) the goodness. And He (is) on everything powerful.)

“That is the best dua that a person should read on the Plains of Arafah. It is renewing the pledge we have with Allah,” Mufti said.

He narrated that the pious predecessor and Islamic scholar, Sufyaan Thawri, was asked on the Plains of Arafah by contemporary, Abdullah bin Mubarak: “Who is the most unfortunate person at the end of the wuqoof at Arafah?” Sufyaan Thawri replied that the most unfortunate person is the one who leaves Arafah with a negative feeling that Allah has not forgiven him.

“So our message to all the Hujaaj is: Laa taqnatu mir rahmatilla. Don’t look at our own vices and short comings. Look at the mercy of Allah. Do not become despondent or disillusioned,” Mufti said.

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