The level area surrounding the hill is called the Plain of Arafat. The term Mount Arafat is sometimes applied to this entire area. It is an important place in Islam because during the Hajj, pilgrims spend the afternoon there on the ninth day of Dhu al-Hijjah (ذو الحجة). Failure to be present in the plain of Arafat on the required day invalidates the pilgrimage. Many pilgrims stay here all night in vigil.
Muslim pilgrims pray on Mount Arafat, gather stones to throw at "devil;" cleric warns against 'conspiracies' from outside and within
Jan 19, 2005; ADNAN MALIK, Associated Press Writer AP Worldstream 01-19-2005 Dateline: MUZDALIFA, Saudi ArabiaPilgrims sifted through the dirt...