MAKKAH: ARAB NEWS
Sunday 22 July 2012
More than 2.5 million people attended prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Friday, the first day of Ramadan.
The Makkah mosque received the largest number of worshippers on Friday that included thousands of pilgrims from within the Kingdom and abroad to perform Umrah during the holy month.
About 28,000 security officers have been deployed inside and outside the Grand Mosque to ensure the safety of worshipers.
Maj. Gen. Jameel Arbaeen, director of Civil Defense in Makkah, said some old pilgrims who fainted while performing circumambulation (tawaf) around the Kaaba were given first aid.