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Mina

Mina is a desert location situated some 5 kilometers to the east of the Islamic holy city of Mecca (Makkah) in Saudi Arabia. It stands on the road from Mecca's city centre to the Hill of Arafat.

Mina is best known for the role it plays during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, when its tent cities provide temporary accommodation to millions of visiting pilgrims. In the valley of Mina is the Jamarat Bridge, the location of the Stoning of the Devil ritual, performed between sunrise and sunset on the last day of the Hajj. Mina is where Pilgrims would go to stone where the devil was as this is where it is said that Ibrahim stoned the devil that came between him and the command that Allah set him. Most pilgrims at Hajj walk around the Kaba box 7 times, then visit the Well of Zamzam. Usually they spend their first night in the Valley of Mina.

Makkah to Mina:
Makkah to Mina is 8 km and walking time is about one hour.  Part of the walk is through mountain tunnels, and part of the walk is under massive shed structures

Overhead Bridges:
There are three overhead bridges in Mina; two are for vehicles and one for pedestrians only.

  • King Khalid Bridge which is the closest to the Jamarat, and near the Al-Maalim Mosque.  This bridge is for vehicles only.
  • King Abdul Aziz Bridge which is closer to Muzdalifah and near Mina Mosque.  This bridge is also for vehicles only.
  • The pedestrian-only Jamarat Bridge which is near the Al-Bayah Mosque.

 
 
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