- Title: Muslim pilgrims arrive in Mecca's Arafat during first day of haj
- Date: 9th August 2019
- Summary: MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA (AUGUST 9, 2019) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) PILGRIMS WALKING IN LINE AFTER ARRIVING IN ARAFAT MAN PUSHING WOMAN IN WHEELCHAIR VARIOUS OF BUSES ARRIVING VARIOUS OF PILGRIMS WALKING ON ROAD VARIOUS OF BUS TRANSPORTING PASSENGERS PILGRIM FROM EGYPT, RAMADAN AL-GAAIDI, WALKING WITH HIS MOTHER (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAJ PILGRIM FROM EGYPT, RAMADAN AL-GAAIDI SAYING: "The best feeling the pilgrim feels is that God has chosen us to be here. It is a good feeling and you think that Egypt and the Arab world has over 100 million people but God chose you out of thousands and to be here it is a feeling that no one can describe. This is the feeling that controls you." AL-GAAIDI WALKING WITH HIS MOTHER VARIOUS OF PILGRIMS WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAJ PILGRIM FROM YEMEN, ZAYED ABDULLAH, SAYING: "To be honest it is a feeling that cannot be described at the heart of each Muslim, and thank God that we arrived to this sacred place. We thank the people and government (of Saudi Arabia) who facilitated (haj) for all Muslims." VARIOUS OF PILGRIMS CARRYING ELECTRIC FANS AND OTHER ITEMS VARIOUS OF PILGRIMS WALKING PILGIMS PRAYING AS THEY WALK
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2019 21:42
- Keywords: annual pilgrimage of haj Mecca's Arafat Day of Arafat Prophet Muhammad
- Location: MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA
- City: MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001ARHZN0N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Muslim pilgrims started arriving in Mecca's Arafat area on Friday (August 9) ahead of the Day of Arafat, the most important day of the annual Haj pilgrimage.
On Saturday (August 10), millions of Muslim pilgrims will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat, the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad delivered his last sermon.
Haj must be performed at least once in their lifetime by all Muslims capable of making the expensive and difficult journey.
(Production: Jihad Abu Shalbak, Muath Freij)
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