Tent city ready to welcome the guests of Allah
MAKKAH — On Saturday (Dhul Hijjah 8), pilgrims will start moving to Mina, a tent city 5 kilometers to the east of Makkah, for the Day of Tarwiyah.
The Day of Tarwiyah, which marks the beginning of Haj rituals, means the day of fetching water and quenching the thirst.
The day traces its name to the fact that in the past when there was scarcity of water in Mina, pilgrims used to fetch water and fill containers and feed their animals and make sure their camels had enough water.
About 30 government and private departments will be receiving the guests of Allah in Mina.
The tent city is ready to receive the pilgrims who will stay for three nights during which they will stone the Satan (devil) at the Jamrat area, shave their heads, change their ihrams and slaughter sacrificial animals.
Mina has 25 hospitals and health centers manned by about 26,000 medical cadres of doctors, nurses, technicians and administrators to extend medical services to pilgrims.
Civil Defense units, the security forces, the Red Crescent Authority are also stationed in Mina to serve the pilgrims.
The last batch of the 717,000 pilgrims who visited Madinah before Haj arrived in Makkah on Thursday on board 119 buses.
According to the General Authority for Statistics, the exact number of pilgrims who came from abroad and inside would be announced on Monday evening.
The Ministry of Health has prevented buses carrying pilgrims from stopping at camel enclosures along the roads because of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
A number of pilgrims usually ask bus drivers to stop to take memorial photographs with the camels which have been tainted to be the main carriers of coronavirus.