x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Pilgrims journey to stone the devil on the third day of Haj

The 'stoning of the devil' ritual takes place on the tenth day of Dhu Al Hijjah and represents the rejection of satan by the Prophet Ibrahim.

A pilgrim has his head shaved in Mina, near Mecca, following yesterday’s stoning ritual. Some men will only trim their hair, as will women. Afterwards, the pilgrims travel to Masjid Al Haram, the Sacred Mosque in Mecca, to circle the holy Kaaba seven times. Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters
A pilgrim has his head shaved in Mina, near Mecca, following yesterday’s stoning ritual. Some men will only trim their hair, as will women. Afterwards, the pilgrims travel to Masjid Al Haram, the Sacred Mosque in Mecca, to circle the holy Kaaba seven times. Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters

After saying dawn prayers on the morning of Eid Al Adha, millions of pilgrims set off on the journey from Muzdalifah to Mina.

The walk can be long and tiring, so many people choose to go by bus or train.

Having collected at least 49 pebbles to perform the stone-throwing ritual of the Haj, pilgrims arrive at Jamarat Al Aqabah. The “stoning of the devil” ritual takes place on the tenth day of Dhu Al Hijjah and represents the rejection of Satan by the Prophet Ibrahim.

Every pilgrim should hit one of the three walls of the jamrah, on three different occasions.

After this, pilgrims slaughter a goat or sheep and donate the meat to the poor.

Part of the Haj fees for pilgrims from abroad usually includes money to pay an abattoir to perform this duty.

Men then shave their heads, while women may just trim, before travelling to Masjid Al Haram, the Sacred Mosque in Mecca, to circle the Kaaba seven times.