Hajj: (Around 2.5 million faithful to perform Hajj on Sep 23)

ISLAMABAD: About 2.5 million faithful from around the globe have gathered in the holy land of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj today (Wednesday).

These include 143, 368 from Pakistan who are performing Hajj under Government and private Hajj schemes. Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Mohammad Yousaf is also in Saudi Arabia to supervise Hajj arrangements and perform the pilgrimage.

All Pilgrims clad in the same dress, called Ahram, are moving from the holy city of Makkah to nearby Mina for the start of Hajj rituals. They will spend night at Mina under the open sky before moving to Arafat today (Wednesday) morning for performance of main ritual of Hajj, called Waqoof.

The Hujjaj after the Waqoof Arafat will spend whole night in open sky at Muzadalfa where they will offer their Maghrib and Isha prayers and spend the whole night in prayers.

Meanwhile, Saudi government has made foolproof security measures for the pilgrims. The Pilgrims are expressing satisfaction over the Hajj arrangements made by the Saudi government. Pakistani government has also made sufficient arrangements including medical and transport facilities for its Pilgrims.