Hajj is a yearly pilgrimage and event of the Muslims. It is also a religious festivity for the Muslims all around the globe. The Kaaba is well-known as Bait Allah, or the House of Allah. It is residing in Mecca, and is a grand mosque of the city.
The Mercy- House Of Allah!
It houses Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, or the black stone, which is known to have derived from paradise. Its color used to be white than that of the color of milk. However, the color is changing to black because of the sins of humans. At the start of the hajj, pilgrims dress in white. Then they circle the Kaaba seven times, seeking to caress the black stone.
You can expect the first day of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in 2017, by Tuesday or Wednesday. The dates are going to be 29th or 30th of August this again depends on the moon. It begins every year on the 8th day of the Dhu-Al-Hijjah. Lunar months decide the dates of the Islamic calendars. Though, lunar months can have 29 or 30 days, again counting-in the age of the moon.
Starting With An Ending!
Hajj begins every year on the 8th day of the Dhu-Al-Hijjah. Lunar months decide the dates of the Islamic calendars. Though, lunar months can have 29 or 30 days, again counting-in the age of the moon. The High Judicial court in Saudi Arabia is always announcing the dates for Hajj, and Eid AL-Adha. They do this as soon as the moon sighting is completed and reports come in. However, if the moon is going to take place on Monday, August 21, then Hajj is taking place on August 29. Or else, the lunar month is going to carry-on to 30 days, and Hajj is going to start on August 31.
The rituals are going to last for 5 to 9 days, and can simultaneously be done during this time. Arafah, is the 9th day of this benevolent event. Whereas, on the third day is Eid AL-Adha, Islam’s divinest fiesta. Starting from the 8th of Dhu AL-Hijjah, the Hajj pilgrimage can be performed between five and nine days. It re-enacts the actions of the Prophet Muhammad in his “farewell pilgrimage” in AD 632. It is a central pillar of the Islamic faith. It is predestined to clean the faithful of sins and bring them closer to Allah.
People who perform the hajj are named hajjis, and sometime these folks embrace the title in front of their name. This is next to their achievement of the ceremony. This title is acknowledged very much – within the Muslim philosophy.
Acts For Men & Women!
Men are compulsory to wrap themselves in two pieces of white cloth-piece. Women’s have to wear a hijab. This hijab is for covering their hair and neck, nonetheless those who typically wear face wrappers are not permitted to do so throughout the pilgrimage.
No Gender Seclusion!
There is no gender discrimination in this Grand Mosque during the pilgrimage. Though, many other Muslim rites may show something different to those who are not so informant. Males and females stand alongside to show everyone’s equivalence in front of Allah. On the other hand, afterwards, the gender isolation is again on display.
Umrah Following Hajj?
You can visit Mecca and surrounding holy sites any time of any year. But, the hajj-pilgrimage falls for the duration of the eighth and the 12th of the month of Dhul Hijjah. It is also the last month of the Islamic calendar, and has Eid as celebration. The ceremonious at any other time of the year is termed “Umrah“. Meaning of Umrah is “to visit a populated place.” People also perform Umrah after the rituals of Hajj are completed.
Muslims honor the tradition of Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah. He was ready to do so when he was asked by Allah. But, due to his compliance and faith Allah spared his son and placed a ram to be sacrificed. This tradition is the main event of Eid-Al-Adha. You can perform sacrifice in the 3 days of the Eid, at any time.
%age Of Muslims Performing Pilgrimage?
A total of Nine% of Muslims around the world say that they did make it to Mecca to do the pilgrimage. Those living nearer to Mecca are more expected to have done the visitation around the holy month. About 20% of Egyptian-Muslims say they have done the pilgrimage. Whereas, just 3% of Indonesian-Muslims say they did do the rituals. More or less 14,500 American-Muslims do the pilgrimage on yearly bases, and visit the Holy Place. To lodge the mass, Saudi establishments have pursued to enlarge the Grand Mosque of Mecca. They have constructed many hotels, guest houses and much more for the crowd to settle-in.
It is a holy event and month for Muslim community. They celebrate, cherish and sacrifice for the Almighty Allah. This year too, the event is just two weeks to be exact. We wish Muslims all around the globe a festive month!