What is Hajj?
‘Hajj’ is the name given to the annual pilgrimage to Makkah undertaken by Muslims around the world. It is a sacred journey that happens once a year, where more than 2 to 3 million Muslims participate. According to the beliefs of Islam, Hajj is obligatory for all Muslim believers who can afford. This is why many Muslims attach special spiritual importance to Hajj, saving money and planning this trip throughout their lives.
Importance of Hajj in Islam
Undergoing the other foremost four pillars, Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam which means “to intend a journey’ from 8th to 12th of Dhul-Hijjah and to go to the holiest city (Makkah) to perform obligatory rituals of the pilgrimage to make up the core of the Islamic belief. According to Saudi Arabian Embassy, It’s the largest gathering of human beings on earth. During this religious happening, Muslims get closer to Allah by walking around the Kaaba seven times which was the first house built exclusively to worship Allah for nonstop five days.
Holy Qur’an says in a short and meaningful sentence:
“It is on people for the sake of Allah to perform Hajj of his house, anyone who is able to undertake the journey to him.” (2:196)
The history takes us to the traces of a time when Prophet Ibrahim was ordered by Allah to leave his wife Hajra and his beloved son Ismail alone in the desert of Makkah then. Hajra ran desperately between the hills of Safa and Marwa as baby Ismail was badly in the thirst of water. On her return, she saw her son scratching the ground with his leg and a splash of water sprang forth underneath his foot. Later, Prophet Ibrahim was commanded by Allah to build Kaba on that site and to invite people to perform the pilgrimage.
In 632 CE, Prophet Muhammad guided his followers from Makkah to Madinah, cleanse the Kaba by destroying all the pagan idols that were once surrounded the Kaba and re-constructed the building of Allah where now Muslims face and make prayers. When Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) instructed the rites of pilgrimage on his last Hajj, it became the fifth pillar of Islam.
When does Hajj take place according to the Islamic Calendar?
The pilgrimage of the Hajj takes place from the 8th to the 12th of Zul-Hijjah, the last month of the Hijiri calendar. This is for a motive that Islamic year has almost seven days short-lived then Gregorian calendar and the respective date’s changes every year.
When is Hajj 2023?
Hajj 2023 will commence on 26th June, Monday continuing to Saturday, 1st July 2023. This is not the actual date as the original date will be subject to sighting of the moon of Dhul Hijjah.
Allah mentions the benefits of Hajj as:
“That they may witness things that are of benefit to them, and mention the name of Allah on appointed days over the beast of cattle that He has bestowed upon them. Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor unfortunate.” (Quran 22:28)
What Happened on 10th of Dhul-Hijjah?
On the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, Eid al-Adha is celebrated. On this day, Muslims slaughter an animal in the name of sacrifice for Allah, remembering Ibrahim (RA). Ibrahim (RA) sacrifices; intended to slaughter his son Ismail (RA) on Allah’s orders, but Allah replaced Ismail with a sheep. This occurrence in history marks the submissive act of faith on Allah and a gesture to surrender for the will of Almighty.
What is the difference between ‘Islamic and Gregorian Calendar’?
The Hijiri or Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar based on the moon sighting. The advent of each month depends on the physical sighting of the new moon. The corresponding Gregorian dates are estimates based on astronomical calculations, approved by the Fiqh Council of North America. The Gregorian dates of the Hajj change from year to year. Islamic day begins at sunset.
What are the expected dates for Hajj 2023?
As per the estimates of the Fiqh Council in North America, Hajj is expected to fall between between 26th june to 1st July, 2023 Inshaa'ALLAH.
Significant Dates of Hajj 2023 by Dawn Travels
- Yaumut Tarwiyah- 8th Zul- Hijah
- Yaumul Wuquf- 9th Zul- Hijah
- Yaumun Nahr- 10th Zul Hijah
- Ayyamut Tashriq- 11th Zul- Hijah
- Ayyamut Tashriq- 12th Zul- Hijah
Health Advisory for Pilgrims traveling for Hajj:
- The following travelers are requested to delay their travel due to the constant threat of the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia
- Pregnant Women
- Diabetic Individuals
- Those with chronic health issues such as cancer or respiratory diseases
- Those with congenital disorders
- All immunizations should be up to date in travelers going to perform Hajj. This includes: Hepatitis A and B vaccinations as well as Polio vaccinations
- Carry sanitizers, cold, cough, diarrhea medication, and inhalers for asthmatic patients for emergency situations
- Due to extremes of temperatures being reached in a hot and dry country like Saudi Arabia, all Pilgrims are requested to move to the cool area and seek medical assistance when faced with dizziness or dehydration
Visa Advisory for Pilgrims traveling for Hajj:
- All travelers going for Hajj must review the dates for the expiry of their visas and passports to avoid dealing with unfortunate circumstances
- Pilgrims should NOT overstay their Hajj visa or will face penalties resulting in thousands of dollars in compensation
- Travelers must be aware that the Hijiri calendar is used in Saudi Arabia for all purposes
- In case of emergency or any updates regarding Visa policy, travel agents should be contacted as soon as possible
Perform Hajj 2023 Keeping In Mind These Hajj Facts
It is rightly believed in the shine of Sahih Bukhari, Prophet Muhammad once said that those who completed the holy pilgrimage without any obscenity will have their sins washed and wiped away till the judgment day freezes world.
Allah mandated Hajj to preach Muslims about unity and modesty. During Hajj, everyone prays together, wear same clothes, go around Kaba together.
The official dress for men to perform Hajj is ‘Ihram’ (apparel that’s made of two pieces of white clothing). Any clothing which is stitched is forbidden to wear which can cover their ankles and heads. Vice versa all females are forbidden to wear such clothes which can cover their face and hands.
Muslims are also forbidden from having obscenity (sexual intercourse, proposing marriage, cutting their hair or nails, and killing animals) during Hajj.
Hajj Top Events in Five Days
If from Allah’s will, you’re able to make it to this year Muslims gathering then do not overlook these special events in five days of Hajj.
Yaumat Tarwiyah (First Day – 8th Dhul Hijjah)
- Put on Ihram
- Alleged the Niyah of performing Hajj
- Perform Tawaf around Kaba
- Carry out Sai (Running between Safa and Marwa hills)
- Leave for Mina in morning and keep on reciting Talbiyah
- Stay overnight in Mina
Yaumul Waquf (Second Day – 9th Dhul Hijjah)
- It’s called as the day of standing.
- Go to Arafat and perform Zuhr and Asr Salah at Arafat
- Stand there till sunset asking Allah for forgiveness. This act is known as ‘Wuquf’
- Go to Muzdalifah in the evening and offer short Maghrib and Isha prayer
Yaumun Nahr (Third Day – 10th Dhul Hijjah)
- It is known as the day of sacrifice.
- First, go to Mina and hurl stones on the large Jamratul’Aqaba (Stone pillar symbolizingsSatan situated in the back).
- Return to Makkah and again perform the Tawaf and then return to Mina for the slaughtering of the animal.
- Shave the head and trim hair.
Ayyamut Tashriq (Fourth Day – 11th Dhul Hijjah)
- These days means the days of drying meat.
- Stay at Mina and perform Ramyul Jimar by again throwing pebbles.
Ayyamut Tashriq (Fifth Day – 12th Dhul Hijjah)
- Repeat the same action of stoning
- Go back to Makkah and perform Tawa’f Kaaba.
- Drink ample of Zamzam water
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