Mina, Mecca - After having spent the previous night camped out in the open air in Muzdalifah, Hajj pilgrims made their way back to Mina and Mecca to perform several duties, one of which is the symbolic “stoning of the devil” ritual on Sunday.
The pilgrims began heading back to Mina and the Grand Mosque to perform the final Hajj rites and rituals on the third day of their pilgrimage, which is also the first day of Eid al-Adha.
The “stoning of the devil” ritual includes stoning three pillars which symbolize the devil and the sins. On the first day of Eid al-Adha, pilgrims throw small pebbles or stones, which they gathered the night before in Muzdalifah, at the “Great Aqaba” column.
Pilgrims will be walking in crowds through a multi-level structure housing three pillars symbolizing the devil.
The ritual is an emulation of Prophet Ibrahim’s stoning of the devil at the three spots where he is said to have appeared trying to dissuade him from obeying God’s order to sacrifice his son, Ismael.
Nearly 300,000 pilgrims to ‘stone the devil’ per hour in one of final Hajj rites