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Over two million Muslims begin Hajj

  • Published at 12:39 pm August 19th, 2018
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Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand Mosque ahead of annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia on August 16, 2018 Reuters file photo

The more than 1,400- year  old pilgrimage holds an incomparable spiritual value for Muslims

The annual Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj has begun in the city Saudi Arabian city Of Mecca.

The number of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia surpassed two million on Saturday, with Hajj beginning on Sunday. A final tally will be announced at the beginning of Eid-ul-Azha on Tuesday, said Saudi Interior Ministry security spokesman Maj Gen Mansour Al-Turki, reports Arab News.

The annual Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj is an Islamic practice more than 1,400 years old that holds an incomparable spiritual value for Muslims.

Over the next few days, pilgrims will retrace the steps of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) 14 centuries ago—and their safety and security are a Saudi priority.

To ensure their safety, pilgrims will wear electronic identification bracelets, connected to a GPS. “There is a comprehensive electronic agenda for every pilgrim and we have provided many apps that offer guidance,” said the Minister of Haj and Umrah, Mohammed Salih Bentin.

He added that a fleet of more than 18,000 buses are in service for the pilgrims, with all the buses linked to a control system that tracks their route.