KUALA LUMPUR – August 20, 2018: No Malaysian pilgrims were injured in yesterday’s rare storm that ravaged Arafah, prompting the Saudi government to induce a blackout throughout its entire tent site.
In a statement issued today, the National Pilgrim Management Fund manager (Tabung Haji or TH), pointed out that all 30,200 of its pilgrims –who were performing haj– are safe despite some damaged tents.
TH’s head of the Malaysian 1439H haj delegation Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman explained the reason for the power cut.
“During the storm, the Saudi Authorities had ordered all electricity to be cut off to ensure the pilgrim’s safety.
“Some tents were damaged but it is currently being repaired and electricity supply will be restored by stages starting 10:45pm tonight, Saudi Arabia time,” said Syed Saleh.
The storm took place in between 6.30pm and 8pm Saudi Arabia time and it is said to be a rare occurrence.
However, NST online reported that the pilgrims are still full of spirit and that they view the storm as a cleansing process.
Malaysian pilgrims, numbering 30,200, arrived in Arafah for wukuf on Sunday in stages from early morning. They joined close to three million pilgrims from all corners of the globe in the valley of Mount Arafah to mark the most important day of the pilgrimage.