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How the Mourning of the 9th of Av Became the Highlight of Muslim Pilgrimage


Muslim pilgrims at the Hill of Forgiveness, Mt. Arafat, on the 9th of Av.

Muslim pilgrims at the Hill of Forgiveness, Mt. Arafat, on the 9th of Av.
Photo Credit: Tanveer Siddiqui

Of course there is another indication that this is the same date, the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah — just like the 9th of Av — is a fast day.

On the ninth day, the pilgrims leave Mina for Mt. Arafat where they sit in contemplative vigil and pray and recite the Qur’an, near a hill overlooking Mecca. This hill is called Jabal Al Rahmah (The Hill of Forgiveness, Mount Arafat). This is known as Wuquf, considered the highlight of the Hajj.

Roman soldiers from the 10th Legion encamped on the Temple Mount after its destruction. Jews made pilgrimages to the Mount of Olives because it was 80 meters higher than the Temple Mount and offered a panoramic view of the Temple site. It became a traditional place for lamenting the Temple’s destruction on the 9th of Av.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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2 Responses to “How the Mourning of the 9th of Av Became the Highlight of Muslim Pilgrimage”

  1. Heshy R says:

    Fascinating.

  2. Jana Stewart says:

    This is quite interesting.

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