More than two million Hajj pilgrims from around the world have now began moving to Muzdalifah after they gathered at Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia on Monday where they stood in prayer till sunset in one of the most important days of the Islamic calendar.
The rocky areas of Arafat, Mina and Muzdalifah a few kilometers east of Mecca are the main sites of Hajj, which culminates with Tuesday’s Eid al-Adha holiday, and are the location of rituals laid out by the Prophet Mohammed.
At Muzdalifah, pilgrims will gather pebbles for a symbolic stoning of the devil ritual on Tuesday, which is also the Eid al-Adha feast of sacrifice marked by the world’s more than 1.5 billion Muslims.
Speaking from Muzdalifah, Al Arabiya News Channel’s Khaled Al Amry said pilgrims were slowly descending from Mount Arafat after the sunset prayers and were making their 7km journey to Muzfalifah.
“There are specific routes and roads that have been created in past years as part of the Hajj infrastructure to help the pilgrims make an easy journey from Arafat to Muzdalifah. While some of the pilgrims will be taking private vehicles and busses to make that journey, there have been conditioned roads where most of the two millions pilgrims will make the journey on foot,” Amry said.