Hajj 2020, the spiritual journey of pilgrims began on Wednesday amid protective measures to ensure their health and safety.
The pilgrims walked into the Grand Mosque in Makkah to start the rituals with their first “tawaf,”
Today, The Hajj 2020 pilgrims will proceed to Arafat to perform the main ritual of Hajj “Waqoof-e-Arafat”
They will listen to a sermon to be delivered at Nimra Mosque and perform Zuhr and Asr prayers together.
Pilgrims will spend time in Arafat with prayers for acceptance of their pilgrimage and recitation of Quranic verses until sunset.
After sunset, they will head to Muzdalifah, where they will stay until midnight, engaged in prayers after performing combined Maghreb and Isha prayers.
The annual ritual to change Ghilaf-e-Kaaba was held at Masjid al-Haram in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
The fourteen-meter tall garment has been prepared from pure silk fiber, embellished by gold and silver-plated thread and motifs illustrating verses from the Holy Qur’an.
The covering cloth of the Kaaba, known as Kiswa, is changed on 9th Zilhaj every year on the day of Arafat.
Preparations at Arafat
The Saudi Health Ministry completed its preparations to provide medical care for pilgrims who will gather on Mount Arafat.
Medical facilities in Arafat have been equipped with general clinics staffed by family doctors, internal consultants and nurses specialized in intensive care, as well as facilities equipped to deal with sunstroke and heat stress.
There will also be a mobile hospital in Arafat and mobile clinics in Muzdalifah throughout the Day of Arafat to serve the pilgrims until their departure.
The ministry has also prepared an integrated camp in the Arafat area to isolate suspected cases of the novel coronavirus and to apply preventive measures.
The Civil Defense forces have increased their readiness in Mina and have taken all measures to preserve pilgrims’ safety throughout their stay.