04 Nov '11, 5pm

Muslims begin hajj rites

Muslims begin hajj rites

MECCA, Saudi Arabia: More than 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims began on Friday the rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage, leaving the holy city of Mecca for Mount Arafat, where the prophet Mohammed is believed to have delivered his final hajj sermon. Dressed in white, they flooded the streets as they headed towards Mina, around five kilometres (three miles) east of the holy mosque. The day is known as Tarwiah (Watering) Day, as pilgrims traditionally watered their animals and stocked water for their trip to Mount Arafat, some 10 kilometres further on. Many pilgrims took buses, while others set off on foot for a village that comes to life for just five days a year. Others were using the Mashair Railway, also known as Mecca Metro, to go to Mount Arafat and its surrounding plains where they will gather for the peak Day of Arafat on Saturday. The Chinese-built railway will operate f...

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