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Turkish pilgrims perform the ritual of stoning the devil

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Turkish pilgrims are on their way to perform the ritual of stoning the devil one week before the two days designated for this purpose in the Islamic Hajj (pilgrimage).

There is no mistake in the timing of rituals nor is it out of hastiness to perform them. They are stoning the devil now out of keenness to be familiarized with the steps of the pilgrimage rituals and to be pre-acquainted with the entrances and exits of the place.

The walls at which the stones (Jamarat) are hurled are the meeting point of more than 3,000 pilgrims who receive training on the rituals so that when the time comes, they will perform in the most efficient way.

“We have been to Mount Arafat, Mina, Muzdalifah, Jabal al-Nour and Jabal al-Thawr. We visited all those places.”

Several pilgrimage organizers make sure they familiarize pilgrims with the rituals in advance through field trips to the actual places. These voice recordings provide pilgrims with the needed historical and religious information that would help them to perform the rituals in the right way and to avoid common mistakes.

“We came from Turkey to perform the pilgrimage rituals. We were trained to stone the devil before it is time for the actual ritual. This has been very useful.”

The state-of-the-art tents attracted the visitors’ attention. Those tents are stretched across an area of around two and half million square meters and can accommodate up to one million and half pilgrims.

These Turkish pilgrims are part of the pilgrimage quota allowed to Turkey, which is expected to be completed within a few days when the remaining pilgrims arrive to reach a total of 85,000.