Stoning ritual continues as Haj nears end

Monday, Oct 6, 2014,16:52 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Tens of thousands of Muslims from around the world, including Indians, participated in the symbolic stoning of the devil in Mina Valley on the last day of the Haj today as Saudi King called for concerted global efforts to defeat the scourge of terrorism. Chanting AllahoAkbar (God is the Greatest), pilgrims hurled seven pebbles each at the three walls representing the devil Jamarat AlSughra, Jamarat AlWusta, and Jamarat AlAqba.
After performing stoning, pilgrims turned towards Kaaba, raised their hands, praying for Allah’s mercy and forgiveness. Many pilgrims were seen crying with just a day to go for this year’s Haj to end. Haj this year has been incidentfree. Over 100 missing cases among Indian pilgrims have been reported which is comparatively less than last year.
Saudi King Abdullah in his address to Haj pilgrims called for concerted international efforts to fight and defeat the scourge which has nothing to do with Islam. Terrorism is neither attached to Islam nor to all other heavenly religions. It is a rotten element, which has no remedy to it except amputation, the King said in the address which was read out by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defence.
Extremism, which has generated terrorism, behoves us to combine our efforts to fight it and defeat it because it has nothing to do with Islam, he said. With Allah’s grace we are restlessly going to amputate it in order to protect our youth from engaging in extremist ideas and narrow selfinterests, rather than decent Islamic brotherhood, he said.
Stoning at Jamarat is the main ritual pilgrims have to perform during the last three days of Haj, known also as Ayyam AlTashreeq. Yesterday’s stoning ritual was marred by by mild rain in the afternoon. It is to emulate the stoning of Satan at three spots by Prophet Ibrahim where the devil is said to have appeared trying to dissuade him from obeying Allah’s order to sacrifice his son, Ismail.