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    The barren town of Arafat in Saudi Arabia became a sea of humanity on Wednesday (29 November) when a million Moslems united in prayer there during their annual Islamic pilgrimage.

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    The barren town of Arafat in Saudi Arabia became a sea of humanity on Wednesday (29 November) when a million Moslems united in prayer there during their annual Islamic pilgrimage.

    SYNOPSIS: The pilgrims trekked 20 kilometres (13 miles) from Mecca to begin the four-day journey of the Hajj or pilgrimage. Moslems from all over the world prayed together at the Arafat Mosque. They wore the seamless two-piece white towels, donned by rich and poor alike. Arafat is the first stop on the journey which ends back in Mecca.

    At noon the pilgrims took part in the traditional Dhuhr prayers and in the afternoon the Assr prayers and heard a sermon from the imam. They spent the rest of the day in private prayers.

    At sunset the pilgrims started another march, this time from Arafat to Muna about 30 kilometres (approx 20 miles) away. On their way they prayed at Mount Mercy, on the outskirts of Arafat. According to official statistics, this year there are nearly 720,000 foreign pilgrims doing the Hajj. This is some 170,000 less than last year. But counting the Saudi Arabians, more than a million pilgrims are still taking part.

    Developments to meet the demands of pilgrims has done much to transform the face of Arafat and Muna. New roads, bridges and flyovers have been built to facilitate the flow of traffic. The city of 200,000 tents which springs up every year causes its own problems. Thousands of pilgrims lose their tents during prayers but the equivalent of a lost property centre does its best to cope with the problem.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADW3A6PYHASS8W2GV0BCFEXGZP
    Media URN:
    VLVADW3A6PYHASS8W2GV0BCFEXGZP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
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    N/A

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