- Title: Muslim pilgrims symbolically stone the devil in day two of haj rite
- Date: 2nd September 2017
- Summary: MINA, ARAFAT, SAUDI ARABIA, (SEPTEMBER 2, 2017) (REUTERS) SUNRISE OVER SITE WHERE MUSLIM PILGRIMS PERFORM STONE THROWING RITUAL PILGRIMS ARRIVING AT SITE SUNRISE VARIOUS OF PILGRIMS ARRIVING AT STONING SITE PILGRIM RAISING HIS HAND AND PRAYING TO GOD VARIOUS OF PILGRIMS THROWING STONES PILGRIMS RAISING THEIR HANDS AND PRAYING TO GOD SIGN READING: (Arabic & English) "SMALL JAMARAH" VARIOUS OF PILGRIMS THROWING STONES PILGRIM PREPARING STONES / THROWING PILGRIMS THROWING STONES VARIOUS OF PILGRIMS ARRIVING AT STONING SITE FANS TO COOL PILGRIMS PILGRIM PRAYING SAUDI SECURITY VEHICLE PASSING PILGRIMS IN STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PILGRIM FROM EGYPT, IBRAHIM SALEH, SAYING: "We are coming today to throw the stones, the small ones, the middle-sized ones and the biggest ones, and we are doing this to follow the steps of our Prophet and to obey God." PILGRIMS WALKING AT STONING SITE 18, (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PILGRIM FROM SAUDI ARABIA, MOHAMAD, SAYING: "It is very spiritual to be here, it is a big open site; I can see around five floors and all are big." PILGRIMS ARRIVING AT SITE PILGRIM THROWING STONES TRAIN BRINGING PILGRIMS TO SITE PILGRIMS AT STONING SITE
- Embargoed: 16th September 2017 08:30
- Keywords: Islam haj pilgrimage Muslim pilgrims Jamarat Mina stoning of the devil stoning ritual
- Location: MINA, ARAFAT
- City: MINA, ARAFAT
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016WWJIH3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of thousands of Muslims arrived at the "stoning of the devil" ritual on Saturday (September 2) for the second day of the annual haj pilgrimage.
Pilgrims threw stones at three walls at Jamarat in Mina, in one of the main rituals of the haj.
Authorities redesigned the Jamarat area after two stampedes, one in 2004 and one in 2006, killed hundreds of pilgrims, and the frequency of such disasters has been greatly reduced as the government spent billions of dollars upgrading and expanding haj infrastructure and crowd control technology.
Saudi Arabia has said that over 2 million pilgrims, most of them from outside Saudi Arabia, have arrived for the annual pilgrimage, a religious duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford the journey.
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