Rainwater falling from Meezab-e-Rahmah, heavenly sight to behold
- A Monitor Report1 Sep, 2019 | 266 Views|-+
Makkah Mukarramah : When this travel writer was wilting in the heat which was becoming too much to bear, rain fell, cooling the pilgrims who had assembled at Arafat, the Mount of Mercy, considered as high point of Hajj. Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) delivered his last sermon here almost 1,400 years ago. Pilgrims raised their hands in gratitude to pray to Allah for the rain.
A few moments earlier, Sheikh Mohammed bin-Hassan al-Sheikh delivered the Khutba at the Masjid-e-Namira on Mount Arafat this year, telling those gathered both inside and outside the mosque that mercy is the single most important attribute in life.
Observing the rituals at Mashair (Mina-Arafaat-Muzdalifa), pilgrims stoned the devil at Jamarat. They then came to this holy city - mostly on foot - to perform Tawaf (going round Holy Kaaba, counterclockwise seven times) and witnessed a heavenly sight - rain falling from the roof of Ka'aba Sharif through Meezab-e-Rahmah. They continued to perform Tawaf in the rain.
Those who had completed Tawaf rushed to the Ka'aba Sharif for the opportunity to drink the water falling from Meezab-e-Rahmah. Overcome by emotion, many kissed the holy Aswad stone while others clutched the walls of the sacred place, towards which Muslims across the world face while offering Salat.
Addressing a press conference in Mina, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Adviser to King Salman bin Abdulaziz the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who is also Governor of Makkah Region and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, said that the number of pilgrims this year was 2,489,406 - 1,855,027 came from foreign countries (including Bangladesh), and 634,379 were "domestic".
Among the pilgrims were 200 survivors and relatives of victims of the mosques massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 51 people were fatally shot. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz had invited them to perform Hajj. The biggest contingent of pilgrims this year was from Indonesia.
"Immediately after this Hajj season, we will start building the first development model for Mina, which includes housing and camps," he said. "This model will be ready next year to be put under trial to see the effectiveness of this project and if any additions, adjustments, or complete changes are needed. But we have begun this process of development, with a strong will from the government headed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH the Crown Prince, until Makkah and the Holy Sites become a smart city, which will be completed in the next few years."
Prince Khalid said the total manpower working during Hajj season from different departments reached more than 350,000, in addition to 35,000 volunteers; including 120,000 security personnel, 200,000 from various sectors, and 30,000 health workers.
Providing some statistics that illustrate the mammoth effort that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia goes to serve the pilgrims, he said charities distributed more than 26 million meals during Hajj this year under the supervision of the Makkah Region, he added.