Haj, Stoning of Devil – SA Gov Reduced Time
One of the most crucial and important task for Saudi Arabia Government during Haj is to ensure the safety of Haj pilgrims. It is trying its best to ensure that there may not any loopholes in the safety measures taken by Hajj Authorities , which might be fatal .
Last year the Haj / Hajj stampede which took the life of around 2300 people during Jamarat Ritual ( Stoning on Satan) was the worst disaster in Hajj history. This year Saudi Arab Government has decided to tightly Controlled the Haj Pilgrimage , which would commence next month . Besides , banning cooking in Green zone, now, SA Government has decided to reduce the period during which pilgrims perform Jamarat Ritual. It would be reduced by 12 hours.
The symbolic stoning of the devil will be performed as usual over three days beginning September 11 at Mina, about five kilometres (three miles) east of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site. The ritual of throwing seven stones at the three pillars is called Stoning the Devil and it is part of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
But this year there will be no stoning allowed from 6:00 to 10:30 am on the first day, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on the second day and from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm on the final day. Haj ministry of Saudi Arabia stated that this procedure will enable the pilgrims to throw stones easily and will prevent any stampede that may result from overcrowding.
The place where stoning ritual is performed is outside the five-storey Jamarat Bridge, a structure resembling a huge parking garage. It is almost one kilometre (more than half a mile) long and allows 300,000 pilgrims an hour to carry out the ritual.It costs more than $1 billion to build.