The kingdom’s High Court, comprised of religious scholars who serve as judges, also announced yesterday that Eid al-Adha celebrations coinciding with the pilgrimage will start a day later, on October the 26th.
News reports from Saudi Arabia suggest that some 1.4 million people from 160 countries have already arrived in Mecca. According to Islamic belief, the Hajj retraces the steps of prophets such as Muhammad, Abraham and Ishmael.
Many Moroccans have already left for Saudi Arabia and at airports around the country red carpets have been rolled out for pilgrims.
For Muslims Hajj is a spiritual experience aimed at fostering closeness to God, the cleansing of sins and a sense of unity and equality.