- Sixty-five thousand Nigerians are among the 1.8 million pilgrims across the world who observed the Arafat Day
- The day is used by Muslims in the holy land to pray to Allah for themselves, their loved ones, and ask for forgiveness
- This year's Arafat Day was said said to be peaceful when compared to others before it as security operatives ensured good crowd control
Some 65,000 Nigerian pilgrims were among 1.8 million Muslims across the world who observed Arafat Day in Muna, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, August 10.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the hilly Arafat site reports that Nigerian pilgrims used the occasion to pray for themselves, their families and Nigeria.
Some pilgrims who spoke with NAN, described the occasion as unique, saying it gave them the opportunity of a lifetime to pray specially for peace and development in Nigeria.
The spiritual occasion was peaceful with little stress in spite of the hot weather compared to previous occasions when large crowds posed a lot of challenges for pilgrims and officials.
Saudi security personnel were up to the task of guiding the conduct of pilgrims as they were at every location at the site to ensure orderliness of the exercise.
After a day devoted to special prayers at Arafat, pilgrims will move to Musdalifah where they will observe the two evening prayers before moving to Muna for the stoning of three devil, a rite performed in groups to avoid stampede.
After 12 hours at the plain of Arafat, pilgrims will move to Makkah to prepare for Eidel-el- Kabir on Sunday.
Mount Arafat is a granite hill about 20km east of central Makkah in the plains. .
Mount Arafat is about 70m high and is also known as the Mount of Mercy.
Islamic tradition places much importance on Arafat as pilgrims spend the afternoon at the plain of Arafat failure of which invalidates the hajj.
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Addressing newsmen earlier at Muna, Senator Aliyu Ndume appealed to Nigerian pilgrims to use the opportunity of their presence at Arafat to pray for the welfare and security of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that an unusual heavy downpour happened on Saturday afternoon, August 10, at mount Arafat, outskirts of Makkah in Saudi Arabia as 1.8 million pilgrims gathered.
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