PLACES TO VISIT IN MAKKAH – JAMARAT


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Thousands of Muslim pilgrims stone the walls, in a ritual called “Jamarat,” symbolising stoning the devil, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, 20 December 2007. Around two and half million Muslim Hajji pilgrims in Mina during their annual pilgrimage western Saudi Arabia started pelting all three walls representing Satan in another high point, which in past years had fatal results. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN

It was here in Mina that Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon him) brought his son Isma’il (peace be upon him) to be sacrificed following the dream that he had seen.

It was also here that Shaytan (Satan) tried to tempt him away from his determination to sacrifice his son so he pelted Shaytan with pebbles at three different locations. These locations are marked by the 3 large pillars known as the Jamarat. Pilgrims, to this day, stone the pillars in recognition of the act of Ibrahim (Peace be upon him).

The three Jamarat pillars, are known in turn as: Jamarat al Ula, Jamarat Al Wusta, and Jamarat al Aqaba.

The pillars are a symbol of what happened during the time of Ibrahim (Peace be upon him). Sometimes some of the pilgrims get a little over excited and start throwing rocks, shoes, sandals, umbrellas, sticks and all sorts at the pillars thinking that they are hitting Shaytan. We must never do that because that could cause harm and injury to the other pilgrims and that is not within the spirit of the Hajj.

Source:Edited from the Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah

 

 

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