Iranians held the Arafa prayer across Iran on Thursday. Iranians, who are Shiite Muslims, recite a special prayer on the Day of Arafa. This is the prayer that Imam Hussein and his followers did at Arafat. These photos show people praying in the towns of Arak, Kerman, Mashhad, Sabzevar, Sari, Shahr Rey, Tabriz, Zanjan,
Shahr Rey, Iran
The Day of Arafa is an Islamic Holy Day, in which it is said that the religion had been perfected. The Day falls on the 9th day of Dhul Hijja of the lunar Islamic Calendar. It is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day after is the first day of the major Islamic Holiday of Eid ul-Adha. At dawn of this day, Muslim pilgrims will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafa and the Plain of Arafa. It was from this site that Muhammad gave his famous Farewell Sermon in his final year of life. It is said that a believer who fasts on this day expiates the past year's sins and the sins for the year coming.
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