Jordanian pilgrims end their rituals today, return tomorrow

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AMMAN — Jordanian and 48-Arab pilgrims completed Hajj rituals on Monday to prepare for the journey of returning home tomorrow, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The pilgrims have finished the final ritual of the Hajj, the “Great Jamara,” which coincides with Eid’s third day and the last day of Tashreeq (the three days that succeed the day of Eid Al Adha, the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al-Hijjah).

Mufti of the Iftaa Department Mohammad Hunieti told Petra that the Jordanians and the 48-Arab pilgrims have accomplished all Hajj-related rituals for this year.

The pilgrimage takes place every year from the 8th to the 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar.

On these five days, Muslim pilgrims converge on Mecca, where they circumambulate the Kaaba seven times; run between the hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah; drink water from the sacred Well of Zamzam; stand vigil on the plains of Mount Arafat; and, lastly, throw stones at the devil.

Pilgrims then cut their hair and sacrifice an animal — meat from which is traditionally distributed to the poor — before celebrating the Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of the Sacrifice.”

Because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the date of the Hajj changes each year on western calendars.

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