Mina (UNA-OIC) – Hajj Pilgrims began performing the activities of the Day of Sacrifice – the first day of Eid al-Adha – on Tuesday, 10th Dhu Al-Hijjah, after they had completed standing at Arafat and staying overnight in Muzdalifah, amid intensive precautionary measures, and integrated services to ensure the smooth and easy performance of their rituals.
Ministry of Interior Security spokesman Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub affirmed that the government agencies participating in the service of the pilgrims have completed their preparations to receive the pilgrims after their return to Mina Tuesday at dawn, to perform the stoning of Jamarat Al-Aqaba ritual, before performing the Tawaf al-Ifadah and stay in Mina on the blessed Eid al-Adha and the days of Tashreeq.
Pilgrims flock at dawn of 10th Dhul-Hijjah from Muzdalifah to the Mina, where they throw seven pebbles at Jamarat Al-Aqaba, then slaughter the sacrificial animal, if they have either a Hady or are obliged to slaughter one. After that the pilgrims should either shave or shorten the hair of their heads. They can also shave or shorten their hair before throwing the pebbles and slaughtering the sacrificial animal. Yet it is better to arrange these rituals in the way they were done by Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).