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Altı yıl önce ben de Arafat'taydım. Fotoğraf arife gününden bir gün önce çekildi.Televizyonda canlı yayınlarla Arafattaki müslümanları görünce o günü hatırladım. İnşallah bütün müslümanlar o güzelliği yaşarda ülkelerine huzur, barış gelir.

Arafat Day!

Arafat Day is an important occasion during the month of Hajj.
The 9th day of the month of Hajj marks a significant day for Muslims, yet it is a day not so well known or talked about in the rest of the world. The day is called the Day of Arafat.

On the first day of the Hajj Pilgrimage, Muslims sweep out of Mecca toward Mina, a small uninhabited village east of the city. As their throngs spread through Mina, the pilgrims generally spend their time meditating and praying, as the Prophet did on his pilgrimage. During the second day, the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah, pilgrims leave Mina for the plain of Arafat. The Prophet is reported to have asked Allah to pardon the sins of pilgrims who stood at Arafat, and was granted his wish. Thus, the hopeful pilgrims prepare to leave this plain joyfully, feeling reborn without sin and intending to turn over a new leaf.

Just after sunset, the mass of pilgrims proceed to Muzdalifah, an open plain halfway between Arafat and Mina. There they first pray and then collect pebbles to use on the following days. The next day begins the Eid holiday or Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice.

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