In Saudi Arabia, began the hajj, which will last five days. On Monday, a sacred mountain of Arafat, where according to tradition 14 centuries ago, Prophet Muhammad delivered his last sermon, gathered 2.5 million pilgrims.
Most Muslims are 25-kilometer route to the mountain on foot. There are up to sundown spend time in prayer. And on Nov. 16 will be the holiday of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha (or Eid ul-Adha) is part of the Muslim rite of pilgrimage to Mecca. Celebrated the holiday in the valley of Mina near Mecca in the 10 th day of the 12 th month of the Muslim lunar calendar, Dhul-Hijjah and lasts 3-4 days.
This year, Saudi authorities have paid special attention to security: the movement of pilgrims will be watching from helicopters. The police of Saudi Arabia is in a state of readiness against possible terrorist attacks by al-Qaida in Mecca and Medina during the hajj to flock to millions of Muslim believers.