Riskiest Part of Haj Begins in Saudi Arabia
More than two million Muslims from 165 countries gathered to throw stones at a large wall near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The event shows the believers' rejection of the devil. It is part of the yearly pilgrimage to Islam's holy sites known as hajj.
But the number of pilgrims in the hajj can make the event risky. In 2015, at least 800 people died when two large groups arrived at the road to the stoning site at the same time. The crush was the worst hajj-related disaster in at least 25 years.
Officials in Saudi Arabia have taken several steps to make sure the situation does not happen again. They have created a bridge to ease crowding, and they are using security forces and drones to keep order. Medical workers are also at the scene.
Pilgrimage and Saudi Arabia
Providing for the safety of pilgrims is important to the Saudi Arabian government. King Salman tweeted on Monday, "Our country's greatest honor is to serve God's guests."
Pilgrimage is also critical to a Saudi plan to expand tourism and move the economy away from oil. Every year, religious visitors spend billions of dollars on hotels, transportation, fees and gifts.
One pilgrim from Jordan told a reporter that he was very pleased with this year's event. Firas al-Khashani said, "The police assistance and the services were all extraordinary. Praise God, I am very happy and God willing our Lord will provide for us again."
Almost 2.5 million pilgrims are attending the hajj this year. The five-day ritual is a religious duty that all Muslims are expected to perform at least once in their lives, if they are physically able and can afford the trip.
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周二，来自165个国家的200多万名穆斯林聚集在沙特阿拉伯圣城麦加附近的一堵大墙前投掷石块。这个仪式显示了信徒们对魔鬼的抗拒 。这是每年前往伊斯兰圣地麦加朝圣之旅的一部分 。
但是大量朝圣者聚集让该活动变得十分危险。2015年，当两批人同时抵达通往施以石刑之路时发生了踩踏事件，造成至少800人死亡 。这次踩踏事件是近25年来与麦加朝圣相关的最严重的灾难 。
沙特阿拉伯官员采取了几项措施，确保踩踏事件不再发生。他们建造了一座桥梁用来分散人流，并出动安全部队和无人机维持秩序 。医务人员也在现场待命 。
一位来自约旦的朝圣者告诉记者，他对今年的活动十分满意。菲拉斯·哈沙尼（Firas al-Khashani）表示:“警方的援助和服务非常出色 。感谢上帝，我很快乐，愿上帝保佑我们再次得到帮助 。”