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.