Over 2.5 million pilgrims from various parts of the world that performed this year’s Hajj have returned to Makkah after their stay in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah.
The pilgrims moved to Mina from the early hours of Friday and from the early hours of Saturday, they moved to Arafat, where they spent the whole day and a part of the night supplicating and glorifying Allah, before they descended to the plains of Muzdalifah, spent the night there, before returning to Mina on Sunday morning, where they remained until Tuesday morning when they started returning to Makkah.
During the pilgrims stay in Mina, they supplicated and glorified Allah, in addition to the symbolic stoning of the devil (Jamraat) from Sunday to this Tuesday, although, there are a few that will stay until Wednesday.
Though staying in Mina is not part of the mandatory aspects of Hajj, but a desirable act enjoined on each pilgrim who is without pressing needs.
Many pilgrims have completed all the mandatory aspects of Hajj, while others might be completing the remaining two, which are the Tawaf (circumambulation) of the Kaaba and the Sa’ayi, which is trekking the distance between the mount of Safa and that of Marwa, within the next one or two weeks.
Nigerian pilgrims, particularly those from Lagos and Katsina States are expected to complete all their religious rites, and make all their purchases before Friday, August 16, 2019, as they are scheduled for airlift back to Nigeria, the following day.