Mina (Also known as the Tent City) is a neighborhood of Mecca in Makkah Province, in western Saudi Arabia. It is situated 5 kilometers to the east of the Holy city of Mecca. It stands on the road from Mecca's city centre to the Hill of Arafat. It covers an area of approximately 20 km².
Mina is best known for the role it plays during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. There are more than 100,000 air-conditioned tents which provide temporary accommodation to visiting pilgrims. The Teflon-coated tents can withstand temperatures of up to 700 degrees Celsius. In the valley of Mina is the Jamarat Bridge, the location of the Stoning of the Devil ritual, performed between sunrise and sunset on the last day of the Hajj. Mina is where Pilgrims would go to stone where the devil was as this is where it is said that Ibrahim stoned the devil that came between him and the command that Allah set him. Most pilgrims at Hajj walk around the Ka'aba 7 times, then visit the Well of Zamzam. Usually they spend their first night in the Valley of Mina. This ritual occurs on the eighth to twelfth day of hajj. At Mina men and women aren't allowed to sleep together.
A packed encampment on Mina's outskirts
While tossing their pebbles, pilgrims recall a story of the Prophet Abraham
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Coordinates: 21°24′48″N 39°53′36″E / 21.41333°N 39.89333°E