MAKKAH – Malaysian haj pilgrims complied with the timing set for the ‘Stoning of the Devil’ ritual set by South-east Asia Muassasah and Tabung Haji (TH).
TH Masyair operations director Nukman Fadzil said its patrol units were on duty round-the-clock during the ‘stoning’ days from 10 Muharram (Sept 24) to 13 Muharram (Sept 27).
“The patrol units comprising guides and rescuers patrol the 7.5km route from the Malaysian camp site to the three Jamarat (pillars) and from the stoning area back to the camp site (Muassiem).”
The Malaysian pilgrims moved in groups of 200 to 300, according to their college (hostels), each led by staff of South-east Asia Muassasah.
Nukman said the patrol units constantly monitored the movement of Malaysian haj pilgrims to the Jamarat Complex for the ‘Stoning of the Devil’ ritual.
“The movement schedule for Malaysian haj pilgrims at noon was changed to 5.30pm. The stoning was set for dawn.”
A Bernama check along the route from the camp site to Jamrah Complex via Muassiem tunnel found several patrol officers on duty carrying the Jalur Gemilang to guide the Malaysian pilgrims.
More than three million haj pilgrims from around the world, including about 22,000 Malaysian pilgrims, are in Islam’s Holy Land for the pilgrimage.
They are now in Mina for the stoning and will return to Makkah to perform the ‘tawaf’ and ‘saie’ rituals.