Maldives Hajj Corporation has announced that all Maldivian pilgrims taking part in this year's Hajj Pilgrimage were in Arafat on Saturday.
Hajj Corporation made the announcement through Twitter yesterday morning.
According to the Hajj Corporation, all pilgrims will spend the day in Arafat reciting Quran and performing prayers. Spending the afternoon of Hajj Day in Arafat is compulsory for all pilgrims.
After spending the day in Arafat, pilgrims will then head to Muzdalifah where they will collect stones to perform the ritual of Stoning the Devil on Eid. Pilgrims will then head to Mina, where they will be throwing stones to the three pillars of Jamarat during Eid, as part of the ritual. The ritual is carried out over three days.
Over 2000 Maldivians are taking part in this year's Hajj Pilgrimage. Four groups are carrying Maldivian pilgrims this year, which are Hajj Corporation, Tazkiya, Mina and Acro Private Limited.
Minister of Planning and National Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam is accompanying Maldivian pilgrims this year as the Amir-ul-Hajj. Minister Aslam has met with all the groups separately and checked on all Maldivians performing the pilgrimage.
Over two million Muslims from all over the world are performing Hajj this year. This includes the families of the victims killed in the Christchurch Mosque shooting in New Zealand last March, as well as the survivors of the attack. They went to Mecca on the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.
The Saudi government has introduced new services this year for the convenience of pilgrims, including a high speed rail service and an E-Visa system.