Hajj 2018 : Incredible images of pilgrims on Mount Arafat
-EID-AL-ADHA, the second Eid of the Islamic year begins tomorrow. Incredible images show pilgrims across the world gather at mount Arafat, the most significant of Hajj rituals without which pilgrimage is incomplete
Around 2.5 million Muslims are expected to attend this year’s Hajj pilgrimage
London, August 20, 2018 (AltAfrica)-.Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha this week.
Eid al-Adha, also known as Festival of Sacrifice, is different from Eid al-Fitr which is celebrated earlier in the year at the end of Ramadan.
Hajj pilgrims pray in the Mount Arafat near Mecca
The Festival of Sacrifice honours Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his own son at the request of God.
Pilgrims pray during the Hajj pilgrimage on Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia
Eid al-Adha, which takes place between the 10th and 13th of the last Islamic month, follows Hajj, especially prayers at Mount Arafat
Worshippers gather at Mount Arafat
The Islamic pilgrimage must be carried out at least once in a lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically able.
It occurs between the 8th and 12th day of the last month of the Islamic calendar, the Dhu al-Hijjah which is based on lunar events.
Several rituals are performed at the arrival at the Kaaba, the cube-shaped building at the centre of the mosque.
Pilgrims must circle the building counter-clockwise seven times.
Mount Arafat is southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca