As the sun dawns on the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, pilgrims begin arriving at Nimrah Mosque; one of the most important Islamic landmarks in the Mount Arafat site. Inside it, pilgrims will perform noon and afternoon prayers on the day of Arafah.
The mosque was built during the early Abbasid period in the 2nd century A.H. (8th century A.D.), on a site where the Prophet (PBUH) addressed his followers during the Farewell Pilgrimage.
In the Saudi era, the mosque witnessed its largest expansion; specifically during the reign of King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud. It became the second largest mosque by area in the Makkah region after the Great Mosque.
Following this expansion, it could accommodate approximately 400,000 worshipers. It has six minarets – each 60m high – three domes, ten main entrances encompassing 64 doors, and a broadcasting room equipped for live satellite TV coverage of the sermon, along with noon and afternoon prayers on the Day of Arafah.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance leveraged all its preparations to receive pilgrims in the Holy Sites during this exceptional Hajj season.
The preparations included supplying the Namirah Mosque with all the services it needed to ensure applying necessary precautionary measures.
These measures included setting up movement paths which guarantee minimal contact between pilgrims, designating entry and exit gates, introducing a mechanism to disperse pilgrims throughout the mosques, allocating a specialized team to carry out continuous sterilization, providing all necessary sanitization equipment, and achieving required distancing guidelines; all in close coordination with the relevant authorities.
The Ministry, represented by its branch in the Makkah region, also completed all the technical operations needed in the mosque, including maintenance, logistics, hygiene, sterilization, luxury carpets, following-up the development of air conditioning systems, air purification, and maintaining electric generators and cameras. All these efforts were exerted to continually provide all services needed in compliance with the top quality standards, which ensures pilgrims will perform their religious duties with ease and reassurance.