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

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’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Updated 19 October 2020

Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage

JEDDAH: Splashes of pink are appearing in Saudi Arabia’s public spaces to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening.
A number of campaigns are underway this month to support this outreach — in malls, on the street and on billboards.
Pamphlets are being handed out, videos and interactive pictures are on display, there are fundraising activities such as hiking and biking, and medical students have been talking to shoppers and passers-by as part of efforts to increase people’s knowledge.
In Jeddah there was a Tai Chi class on the city’s waterfront, headed by Amatallah Bahaziq, that was attended by female members of Bliss Runners and Bolts. Another event was a bike ride organized by Jeddah Cyclists that included men and women.
A number of major cities across the Kingdom have also seen pop-up campaigns, with specialists ready to answer questions and play a proactive role in spreading proper knowledge and information about the disease, its detection and the chances of survival when detected early.

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According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.

The Zahra Breast Cancer Association is one of Saudi Arabia’s leading organizations dedicated to raising awareness about the disease. It has been supporting cancer patients and survivors and normalizing conversations about breast cancer among the community, with a renewed emphasis during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Given the circumstances (due to the pandemic) we focused our efforts to raise awareness to the importance of early detection virtually,” a representative from the association told Arab News. “With billboards and visuals spread across Saudi cities, we’re still following through with our campaign promise to raise awareness each year and send the message across: Early detection will save your life.”
According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.