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Ceremonies, rituals, places for same. The word occurs twice in the Quran (2:128; 2:200), both times in connection with the duties of the pilgrimage. Plural of the Arabic noun of place mansik, referring to a place of sacrifice, a hermit's cell, and by association the actual sacrifice or ritual performed there. Among the various rituals of the pilgrimage are the wearing of special garments (ihram), circumambulation of the Kaaba (tawaf), various special prayers (dua), drinking from the well of Zamzam, the course between Safa and Marwah, the killing of an animal to be distributed later for food on the Day of Sacrifice (yawm al-nahr), and a symbolic stoning of Satan on the third day of the pilgrimage.

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