The stoning of the devil at the Islamic pilgrimage refers to Prophet Abraham’s attempt to repel the devil from slaughtering his son Ishmael. Abraham threw seven stones in the same place where the pilgrims do nowadays.
The rite became a Hajj ritual due to Prophet Mohammed who when he performed the farewell pilgrimage, he threw seven stones there after the noon prayers. While performing the rites, he said: “Take your rites from me.”
While pilgrims perform the ritual, surveillance cameras monitor the pilgrims’ flow to help the organizers on the ground, detect health issues and provide medical services. In order to deal with emergency cases, the bridge was equipped with a helicopter landing pad. During hot days, the bridge’s cooling system operates via desert air conditioners and channels that spray water on pilgrims.