About 2 million pilgrims have begun the rituals of the Hajj in Saudi Arabia

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotobesplatnoe Hajj in the mosque of Masjid al-Haram in MeccaAbout 2 million pilgrims have begun the rituals of the Hajj in Saudi Arabia© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

About two million Muslim pilgrims from around the world on Wednesday began a five-day pilgrimage to the Holy places in Mecca and Medina, said on Wednesday in his microblog in the social network Twitter, the Royal Advisor of the office of Alus AZ-Ziyadi.

«The exact number of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia and from abroad at this point amounted to 1,958 million people,» said al-Ziadi. Thus, according to the Department of statistics of Saudi Arabia, compared to last year the number of pilgrims has increased by 32%. The Hajj is attended by representatives of 168 Nations, particularly Qatar and Iran.

For Hajj to Saudi Arabia through the open for them a land border came 1350 citizens of Qatar. Qatari authorities have not given permission to fly Saudi aircraft, so they were able to take the Hajj to the Qatari, who did not want to get to neighboring countries by car, despite the decision of the Saudi king to break the blockade of Qatar for pilgrims.

The oldest pilgrim, who arrived this year to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj, became the 104-year-old resident of Indonesia Mariah Margani Muhammad.

In providing security during the Hajj involves more than 100 thousand employees of the Saudi security forces. In the aid the pilgrims attended by numerous Saudi volunteers, including women. In hospitals, deployed for the treatment of pilgrims, working 1.5 thousand surgeons.

The valley of Mina, where are also the basic rites of Hajj, including symbolic pobivanie devil’s stones, called «white city» because of the millions of the number of white tents installed for pilgrims in this place.

As noted by the Arab TV channel «al-Jazeera», this year the cost of travel for Hajj has increased several times compared to last year. The channel estimate to go on the Hajj, the average citizen of Malaysia need to spend my salary for six months, and for the Bangladeshi trip for Hajj would cost an amount equal to his salary for three years.

Hajj is one of the pillars of the Muslim faith, which punishes every Muslim to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in your life.