Hajj is an occasion that brings Muslims of all countries, colors, and races to one place – the Ka’ba (the gorgeous black cube they show on TV). The 9th day of the month of Hajj is called the Day of Arafat-the culminating event of the pilgrimage. At dawn of day of Arafat, millions of Muslim pilgrims make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafat. It was from this site that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, gave his famous Farewell Sermon in his final year of life.
“Saudi Arabia’s top cleric, Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al Sheik, called on worshippers in a midday sermon to espouse moderation and said: “Muslims, the dearest thing you have is your religion and your belief. … Be proud of your religion; don’t ever be ashamed of identifying our religion.”One newspaper noted that the pilgrims felt that “There is nothing greater than feeling that you are going to meet God, the whole body shivers.”