Mount of Mercy: Makkah’s  famous religious mountain

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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat (also known as Mount of Mercy) during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah. (Reuters / Suhaib Salem)
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat (also known as Mount of Mercy) during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah. (Photo courtesy: social media)
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat (also known as Mount of Mercy) during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 10 August 2018
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Mount of Mercy: Makkah’s  famous religious mountain

  • Mount of Mercy (Jabal Al-Rahma) in Arafat is one of the most famous mountains of Makkah
  • The mountain is also known by names such as Mount of Ilal, Tawba, Al-Duaa, Nabat and Al-Qurain

JEDDAH: Pilgrims drop in at the Mount of Mercy (Jabal Al-Rahma) in Arafat before the start of Hajj to take pictures and buy gifts at the site of such religious and historical importance.

One of the most famous mountains of Makkah, it is one of Makkah’s most important attractions. It is located on the road between Makkah and Taif.

Pilgrims stand on the mountain during their Hajj rituals, paying homage to the fact that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) stood there and delivered his last sermon.

The pilgrims pray to God, asking for His mercy and forgiveness.

The moutain is covered in small, flat, large-sized, black stones. Located to the east of Mount Arafat, it is 300 meters long with a perimeter of 640 meters. 

It rises 65 meters above the surrounding land and has a seven-meters pillar on top. The mountain is also known by names such as Mount of Ilal, Tawba, Al-Duaa, Nabat and Al-Qurain.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) in Makkah assigned some of its employees to educate pilgrims on how to conduct themselves at the mountain. Assisted by a number of translators, they alert pilgrims to potential mistakes and violations that could occur at Mount Arafat. 

They also guide pilgrims to perform their Hajj in accordance with the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH). They distribute information leaflets, written in several languages, to help raise their awareness of correct procedures.

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Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile fired by Houthi terrorists

Updated 18 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile fired by Houthi terrorists

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia toward the southern city of Najran.

The attack is the latest in a series of missile launches targeting densely populated residential areas of Saudi Arabia, including Jazan and Najran, close to the border with Yemen.

Saudi-led Arab coalition’s spokesman, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that Saudi aerial defense forces intercepted a missile launched by the Iran-backed militia.

Al-Maliki said that the missile targeted Najran and was aimed at civilian populated areas, but the defense forces were able to intercept and destroy the projectile without any casualties.

The spokesperson added that “this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and 2231 aimed at safeguarding Saudi Arabia’s security and any regional and international threats.”