Eid: Muslims take part in final rite of the hajj - the stoning of the devil

Eid: Muslims take part in final rite of the hajj - the stoning of the devil

Muslims travelling to take part in the ritual

Friday, September 1, 2017

Muslim pilgrims have been walking through Mina today to take part in the final rite of the hajj - the Stoning of the Devil.

The stoning ritual, performed near Mecca, marks the first day of the Eid al-Adha feast, which is today (September 1), according to France 24.

Usually Muslims throw seven pebbles at a post which represents the devil to copy biblical prophet Abraham.

But in 2004 the post was replaced with a wall due to the amount of people taking part.

The pilgrimage lasts for five days and today is the last. Many Muslims believe they should complete the trip at least once if they are financially and physically able to do so.

It is thought around two million Muslims have visited Mina today for the ritual at the Jamarat Bridge.

In the past the event has resulted in death due to stampedes, but this year Saudi Arabian authorities have put in place more than 100,000 security staff in an attempt to keep people safe.

2015 was the deadliest year on record as 2,300 people died, but hundreds more have died during the last 20 years.

Surveillance was heavy at the ritual today as cameras were put in place and helicopters looked on from above. Police tape was also put out so that those taking part followed a particular path.

However weather is causing problems for some as the temperature in Mina has reached 41 degrees, causing many to be dehydrated and bringing cases of heat exhaustion.