Hon. Dhikirulahi Adedeji Stanley Olajide, lawmaker representing Ibadan Northwest/Southwest federal constituency in the house of representatives, early Tuesday morning joined other Muslims from across the globe at Mount Arafat.
Odidi Omo, as the two-term lawmaker is known, had arrived Mina yesterday with his wife, Adenike Shakirat Olajide, ahead of commencement of important Hajj rites.
Mina, a valley in the South Eastern part of Makkah, will accommodate the pilgrims for a couple of nights in the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah.
It is nicknamed “City of Tents” because of the massive presence of over 100,000 air conditioned tents which will house Oyo pilgrims and their counterparts from about 160 countries.
With a capacity of accommodating up to 3 million people, Mina is regarded as the largest Tent City in the world.
From tent city of Mina, he is expected to ascend Mount Arafat, an important rite which precedes the celebration of the Muslim festival of Eid El Kabir.
In Islamic tradition, Hajj exercise is regarded as incomplete without the ascension of Mount Arafat
He is also expected to proceed from Mina to a nearby village called Musdalifa to perform the symbolic throwing of stones at the Devil between sunrise and sunset, in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s stoning of Satan who tried to discourage him from sacrificing his son in fulfilment of his vow to Allah.