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Hajj

Hajj refers to the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is a religious obligation among Muslims that must be undertaken at least once in a lifetime by those who could afford to do so.

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What do you call a woman who performs hajj?

She is called a Haajan, or Hajjan. Anyhow, it is not necessary

What is the meaning of the Urdu word Hajj?

Hajj means pilgrimage to Makkah.

Hajj means to strive, to struggle, to make effort. Idiomatically Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam that is obligatory on each Muslim man and woman once in life. That is performed at Makka Mukarma during 8th to 13th of Zil Hajja, the last month of Muslim/Islami calendar.

How many people in haj 2011?

I went to the hajj of december 2006.

According to people I traveled with there were 5.5 million people attending.

I am currently living in California.

One of my friends told me that hajj of 2011 which is supposedly hajj akbar will be the most in the history of hajj.

So my guess would be 6-7 million.

Could be wrong though.

Peace to All

Why do people do hajj?

This is a ritual worship done per God commands in Quran and per Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) teachings. Hajj is fifth pillar of Islam five pillars..

Hajj (pilgrimage) is a great annual event for Muslims. There are many reasons why Muslims perform hajj which translate into the following numerous benefits of Hajj:

  • It teaches us that Muslims are brothers and are equal.
  • It teaches us that no differences among people due to race, tribe, color, home country, or tongue language.
  • It teaches us, practically, the real human rights when you find people equal during praying, worshiping, and during performing the rituals.
  • Hajj learns us that we are belonging to God (Allah) alone and that we all need his mercy and forgiveness.
  • Hajj is biggest world gathering in the world. It is a demonstration of Islam unity and Islam universality.
  • Muslims get acquainted with the spiritual and historical environment of the prophet Muhammad which strengthen their faith.
  • It is a reminder of the Grand Assembly of the Day of Judgment when people will stand equal before Allah waiting for their final destiny.
  • It confirms commitment of Muslims to Allah.
  • On top of the above, Muslims on Hajj are rewarded, per God will, with forgiveness of all their sins and they return back as pure and innocent as the new the born.

What is the name of hajj day?

hajj day

In the name of Allah Almighty, the ONE and the Only object of our worship

Hajj day is called the day of Urfa. All the pilgrims gather in the field of Arafat about 9km out of Makka. They pray to Allah Almighty and leave the field immediately at sunset for Muzdalfa to spend the night in that field. The pilgrims stay in Mina from 8th of Zil Hajja to 12 th or 13th of Zilhajja. The main ritual during 10th to 12 th of Zilhajja are twaf-i-Ziarat and throwing stones at Jamrats.

Which year did hajj start?

There is no perfect date when the first hajj was ever made. Because, even before birth of Mohammad, there used to be pilgrimages to the Kaaba, though the rituals were obviously different. And Mohammad himself used to join in his own way, even before he got revelations.

Islamic traditions support this notion, and suggests that the tradition was introduced by Abraham AS himself. After he left his wife Hagar, and son Ishmael AS in the Arabian desert, as Islam tells, Hagar became worried to find out a way to quench her son's thirst. So she ran between mountains, became frustrated, until when a well was formed miraculously. When Abraham returned and heard about it, he became thankful to God, rebuilt the Kaaba, and soon his family established the oldest community of Mecca. As a way to please God, Islam says, Abraham introduced the annual ritual of pilgrimage here. To be mentioned, the miracle well is still there, popularly known as the Zamzam well.

But the modern ritual which we see today is completely done according to the Islamic way, as taught by Mohammad SAW. And the very first one was done in 632 AD, the year when Mohammad conquered Mecca. It was his only Hajj, and the very first pilgrimage done only by Muslims.

Why is Hajj important to Muslins?

Hajj is important because it is one of the five Islam pillars (he fifth pillar) that calls every mindful adult Muslim to perform it once in hife (at least) if he/she can afford it physically, financially, and securely. Hajj provides the following benefits:

  • It teaches us that Muslims are brothers and are equal.
  • It teaches us that no differences among people due to race, tribe, color, home country, or tongue language.
  • It teaches us, practically, the real human rights when you find people equal during praying, worshiping, and during performing the rituals.
  • Hajj learns us that we are belonging to God (Allah) alone and that we all need his mercy and forgiveness.
  • Hajj is biggest world gathering in the world. It is a demonstration of Islam unity and Islam universality.
  • Muslims get acquainted with the spiritual and historical environment of the prophet Muhammad which strengthen their faith.
  • It is a reminder of the Grand Assembly of the Day of Judgment when people will stand equal before Allah waiting for their final destiny.
  • It confirms commitment of Muslims to Allah.
  • On top of the above, Muslims on Hajj are rewarded, per God will, with forgiveness of all their sins and they return back as pure and innocent as the new the born.

What do you take on hajj?

anything you need! also, bring abayas and hijabs along with you. if you have been to hajj before bring along what you brought with you last time. You can't enter Makkah ( the holy city in Islam) unless you are a Muslim. This may not be the best answer in the world, but i gave you all i know about it. if you want to know what you do in hajj, I would be glad to answer that question for you too!

How many Muslims perform hajj this year?

over two million Muslims journey to mecca each year, and each worshipper must follow certain guidlines

How do pilgrims prepare for the hajj?

  • Arrange with the hajj dealer the duration and to pay for it
  • Prepare the proper hajj clth
  • arrange for visas and "Mehrem" if you are a woman
  • study the hajj rituals and rules.

Plan for it early enough with regard to righteous intentions, lawful money, piety, and escorting Mahram (relative) for the woman in addition to obtaining the Visa, accommodation, transport etc. Thanks

Apply for Hajj Visa. Buy at least two Ahraams (two white sheets of untailored cloth each). Put in your bag at leat three dresses for the stay at Makka and Mahina Munawara, on the day you leave for Makka Mukarma take bath. Go to airport. Offer two Nawafil declaring your intention of performing Umra. Put on Ahram for Umra because you will perform Umra first on reaching Makka. You will comlete your Umra and put off Ahraam. You will put on Hajj Ahram on the 8th of Zil Hajja.

Facts about Hajj?

It is the largest pilgrimage in the world.
Its the fifth pillar of Islam.
It is the holy-est Muslim city.
Every Muslim has to go there at least once.
It is associated with Muhammad.

What is the meaning of stoning in hajj?

In Hajj, stoning means to throw stones at figures that are set up there.

It is done based on the history of an Islamic event, where Prophet Abraham was going to sacrifice his son in the name of their God, Allah.

Satan was trying to stop him, but he threw stones at him in three places and that is where they throw stone during hajj. That is the story according to the Islamic belief.

Who performs the hajj?

Muslims who wish to please Allah go on a journey to mecca known as Haji. Most Muslims are supposed to do this once in their life.

Where do pilgrims pray on second day of hajj?

On the second day the pilgrims leave Mina just after dawn to travel to the Plain of Arafat. The second day is called the Day of Arafat, when they leave Mina just after dawn to travel to the Plain of Arafat where they spend all day, from dusk to dawn, sitting or standing praying for forgiveness and mercy.

Why is the Hajj an obligation in the Islam faith?

Hajj (or pilgrimage) is the fifth pillar of the 5 Islam pillars. That is why it obligatory. However, it is an obligation for only once in life and for only the adult who can afford it from the health (in body and mind), financial, and security aspects. As every one respects the nation's flag as a symbol although it is just a piece of cloth, Muslims respect the Kaaba and regard it as the first house of worship founded on earth and as a place where they can get closer to their Creator's mercy and forgiveness by having such a tiring trip, that costs time, money and effort.

In Hajj every Muslim goes to Makkah (Mca in English), prays at the Holy Sanctuary of Ka'ba along with other rites.

Makkah in Quran (6:92 & 42:7) is called 'Ummul Qura'' (lit. Mother of Cities) i.e. Metropolis. Ka'ba is symbolically the Divine Palace in the Capital. So Hajj is symbolically a revival of oath of allegiance to Allah-the Lord and the King of this World. While every Muslim, being the citizen of Divine Kingdom, is supposed to obey the commandments of Allah wherever he is. But once in lifetime if he can afford he is required to come to the Holy City of Makkah as a mark of his absolute submission to the Will of the Almighty. Relate it to the chanting of pilgrims 'Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik', 'I submit My Lord, I submit!'

Is emraan hashmi shia?

Yes, he is. His father, as well, is a Shi'a Muslim.

What happens on hajj to mecca?

nothing it is a religious so do not ask or else

In the name of Allah Almighty.

The question is welcome. People have the right to know. If somebody is interested in the teachings of Islam, he is welcome. The Muslims perform Hajj because it is obligatory on every Muslim, man and woman, once in life-under certain conditions. Strangely enough, this obligation is in the memory of Hazra Ibraheem (AS), Abraham, his son Hazrat Ismaaiel (AS), and Hazrat Hajirah (AS), the wife of Hazrat Ibraheem (AS). It also commemorates the event of the first meeting of Hazrat Adam (AS) and Hazrat Hawwa (Eve) at the Mountain of Mercy (Jabl-i-Rahmat) situated in the field of Arafaat. It is the place where our beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (May peace and blessings of Allah karim be upon him) delivered his famous sermon. After Hajj the pilgrims, and the Muslims all over the world, slaughter animals as sacrifice to commemorate the sacrifice Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) offered of his son Ismaieel (AS). The event should have been equally sacred for the Jews and the Christians as both of them have faith in the Prophet-hood of Hazrat Abraham (AS).

What do people do at the event of mina?

On the first official day of the pilgrimage (8th of Thul Hijjah), the millions of pilgrims that have now gathered to make Hajj, travel from Mecca to Mina, which is a small village east of the city between the Holy City of Makkah and Muzdalifah. It is necessary for you to wear an Ihram before you enter Mina, during your Hajj. There they spend the day and the night in enormous tent cities, which they pray in, read the Qur'an, and rest for the next day. Apart from the obvious tradition of staying in Mina overnight on the first day of Hajj, be sure to know that Mina also has two large mosques of which one is very historic.

What must a Muslim do on hajj?

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Forms of PilgrimageThere are three forms of Hajj: Tamattu', Ifraad and Qiran:
  • Tamattu': A pilgrim wears Ihram for Umrah only during the months of Hajj, which means when a pilgrim reaches Makkah, he/she makes Tawaf and Sa'yi for Umrah. Then shaves or clips the hair. On the day of Tarwiya, which is the eighth of Dhul-Hijja, a pilgrim puts on his Ihram for Hajj only and carries out all of its requirements.

  • Ifraad: A pilgrim wears Ihram for Hajj only. When he reaches Makkah, he performs Tawaf for his arrival and Sa'yi for Hajj. He doesn't shave or clip his hair as he doesn't disengage from Ihram. Instead, he remains in Ihram till after he stones Jamrah Al-Aqaba on the Eid day. It is permissible for him to postpone his Sa'yi for Hajj until after his Tawaf for Hajj.

  • Qiran: A pilgrim wears Ihram for both Umrah and Hajj or he wears Ihram first for Umrah, then makes intentions for Hajj before his Tawaf for Hajj.

The obligations on one performing Ifraad are the same as those on one performing Qiran, except that the latter must slaughter whereas the former is not obligated to do so. The best of the three forms is Tamattu'. It is the form that the prophet-may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him encouraged his followers to perform.

Even if a pilgrim makes intentions to perform Qiran or Ifraad he is allowed to change his intentions to Tamattu'; he can do this even after he has performed Tawaf and Sa'yi.

When the Prophet - may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him- performed Tawaf and Sa'yi during the year of the Farewell Hajj with his companions, he ordered all those who hadn't brought sacrificial animals to change their intentions for Hajj to intentions for Umrah. cut their hair, and disengage from Ihram till Hajj. He said, " If I hadn't brought the sacrificial animal, I'd have done what I've ordered you to do."

The UmrahIf a pilgrim wishes to be ritually pure for Umrah, he should shed his clothing and bathe as he would after sexual defilement, if convenient. He should perfume his head and beard with the best oil he can find. There is no harm in what remains of it after Ihram.

Bathing for Ihram is Sunnah for both men and women, including menstruating women and those experiencing postnatal bleeding. After bathing and preparing himself, a. pilgrim, other than those menstruating or experiencing post- natal bleeding, prays the obligatory prayer, if it is time. Otherwise, he makes his intention by praying the two Sunnah Rakass whichare made each time Wudhu is performed.

When he finishes his prayer he should say: "Here I am for Umrah--here I am, Oh Allah, here I am. Here I am. You have no partner. Here I am. Surely all praise, grace and dominion is yours, and you have no

partner." [Talbeeyah]. A man raises his voice when saying this and a woman says it so that only one beside her may hear her.

One in Ihram should say the Talbeeyah as often as possible, especially when times and places change. For example: when descending or ascending during travel or when day or night approach. He should also ask Allah for His pleasure, for Heaven and seek refuge in Allah's mercy from Hellfire.

One should say the Talbeeyah during Umrah, starting from the time he puts on his Ihram till he starts Tawaf. During Hajj he should say it starting from the time he puts on his Ihram till he starts to stone Jamrah

Al- Aqaba on the Eid day.

When a pilgrim enters the Holy Mosque he puts forth his right foot first and says: "In the name of Allah, may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah. Oh Allah, forgive me my sins and open to me the doors of Your mercy. I seek refuge in Allah the Almighty and in His Eminent Face and in His Eternal Dominion from the accursed Satan." He approaches the Black Stone, touches it with his right hand and kisses it. If this isn't possible, he should face the Black Stone and point to it. It is best not to push and shove, causing harm and being harmed by other people.

When touching the Stone, a pilgrim should say the following: "In the name of Allah, Allah is the greatest. Oh, Allah, with faith in you, belief in Your book, loyalty to you, compliance to the way of your Prophet

Muhammad--may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him."

A pilgrim must walk, keeping the Ka'bah on his left. When he reaches the Rukn Al Yamani he should touch, but not kiss it, and say: " Our Lord, grant us good in this life and good in the hereafter and save us from the punishment of the Hell-fire. Oh Allah, I beg of You for forgiveness and health in this life and in the Hereafter." Each time he passes the Black Stone he should say: "Allah is the Greatest."

During the remainder of his Tawaf he may say what he pleases of supplications, mentioning Allah, and recitation of Quran. This is because Tawaf, Sa'yi, and Stoning the Jamrah have been devised for the purpose of mentioning Allah. During this Tawaf it is necessary for a man to do two things:

  • Al-ldhtebaa' from the beginning of Tawaf until the end. Al-ldhtebaa' means placing the middle of one's Reda' under his right arm and the ends of it over his left shoulder. When he is finished performing Tawaf, he may return his Reda' to its original state because the time for Idhtebaa' is only during Tawaf.Al-Raml during the first three circuits.
  • Al-Raml means speeding up one's pace with small steps. A pilgrim should walk at a normal pace during his last four circuits.

When he completes seven circuits of Tawaf, he approaches Maqam Ibrahim and recites: "And take ye the station of Abraham as a place of Prayer" Chapter 2, Verse 125 [2:125]. He prays two short Rakaas, as close as conveniently possible, behind Maqam Ibrahim. During the first Rakaa he recites Surah Al-Kafirun [Chapter 109] and during the second one Surah Al- lkhlas[Chapter 112]. When he completes the two Rakaas he should return to the Black Stone and touch it, if convenient. He goes out to the Mesa'a and when he nears As-Safaa he recites: " Verily As- Safaa and Al-Marwah are among the shrines of Allah" [2:158].

He/She ascends As-Safaa until he is able to see the Ka'bah. Facing the Ka'bah and raising his hands, he praises Allah and makes any supplications he chooses. The Prophet--may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him--prayed thus: "There is no Deity but Allah alone," three times, supplicating in between.

He descends As-Safaa and heads for Al- Marwah at a normal pace until he reaches the green marker. He should then run fast until the next green marker. He continues toward Al- Marwah at a normal pace. When he reaches it, he ascends it, faces the Qibla, raises his hands and repeats what he said on As-Safaa. He descends Al-Marwah heading towards As-Safaa, taking care to walk where walking is designated, and run where running is designated.

He continues this procedure until he completes seven laps. Going from As-Safaa to Al-Marwah is a lap and returning is another lap. During his Sa'yi he may recite what he wills of supplications, recitation of Qur'an, and mentioning Allah.

In completion of Sa'yi he shaves his head. A woman clips her hair the length of a finger tip. Shaving is preferable, except when Hajj is near and there isn't sufficient time for hair to grow back. In this case it's best to clip so that hair will remain for shaving during Hajj. With that, Umrah is completed. and a pilgrim is free to dress in other clothing, wear perfume and engage in marital relations, etc.

The HajjIn the forenoon of the eighth day of Dhul-Hijja, a pilgrim purifies himself once again by bathing as he did before Umrah in the place in which he is staying, if convenient. He puts on his Ihram and says: " Here I am for Hajj. Here I am, oh Allah, here I am. Here I am. You have no partner. Here I am. Surely all praise, grace and dominion is yours, and you have no partners."

If he fears that something will prevent him from completing his Hajj he should make a condition when he makes his intentions, saying: " If I am prevented by any obstacle my place is wherever I am held up." If he has no such fear, he doesn't make this condition.

A pilgrim goes to Mina and there prays Dhuhr, Asr, Magrib, Isha and Fajr, shortening his four unit prayers so as to make them two units each, without combining them.

When the sun rises, he goes to Arafah and there prays Dhuhr and Asr combined at the time of Dhuhr, making each one two units. He remains in Namira Mosque until sunset if possible. He remembers Allah and makes as many supplications as possible while facing the Qibla. The Prophet-may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him-prayed thus: "There is no Deity but Allah alone. He has no partner. All dominion and praise are His and He is powerful over all things.

If he grows weary it is permissible for him to engage in beneficial conversation with his companions or reading what he can find of beneficial books, especially those concerning Allah's grace and abundant gifts. This will strengthen his hope in Allah. He should then return to his supplications and be sure to spend the end of the day deep in supplication because the best of supplication is the supplication of the day of Arafah.

At sunset he goes from Arafah to Muzdalifah and there prays Magrib, Isha, and Fajr. If he is tired or has little water, it is permissible for him to combine Magrib and Isha. If he fears that he will not reach Muzdalifah until after midnight, he should pray before he reaches it for it is not permissible to delay prayer until after midnight. He remains there, in Muzdalifah, making supplications and remembering Allah till just before sunrise.

If he is weak and cannot handle the crowd during Ar-Ramy, it is permissible for him to go to Mina at the end of the night to stone the Jamrah before the arrival of the crowd. Near sunrise, a pilgrim goes from

Muzdalifah to Mina. Upon reaching it he does the following:

  • He throws seven consecutive pebbles at Jamrah Al-Aqaba which is the closest monument to Makkah, saying: "Allah is the Greatest," as he throws each pebble.
  • He slaughters the sacrificial animal, eats some of it, and gives some to the poor. Slaughter is obligatory on the Mutamati and Qiran.
  • He shaves or clips his hair; shaving is preferable. A woman clips her hair the length of a finger-tip.

These three should be done in the above order if convenient, but there is no restriction if one precedes another.

With that, one is allowed to come out of Ihram. He can wear other clothing and do everything that was lawful before Ihram except engaging in marital relations. He goes to Makkah to perform Tawaf Al-lfadha and Sa'yi, also for Hajj. It is Sunnah to put perfume on before going to Makkah.

With the completion of this Tawaf and Sa'yi, a pilgrim is allowed to do everything that was lawful before Ihram, including engaging in marital relations. After performing Tawaf and Sa'yi, he returns to Mina to spend the nights of the eleventh and twelfth days there.

He stones the three Jamrah in the afternoon of both the eleventh and twelfth days. He starts with the first Jamrah, which is furthest from Makkah, then the middle one, and lastly Jamrah Al-Aqaba. Each one should be stoned with seven consecutive pebbles accompanied by Takbeer. He stops after the first and middle Jamrah to make supplications facing the Qibla. It is not permissible to stone before noon on these two days. It is best to walk to the Jamrah, but riding is permissible.

If he is in a hurry after stoning on the twelfth day, he leaves Mina before sunset. But if he wishes to prolong his stay, which is best, he spends the night of the thirteenth in Mina and stones that afternoon in the same

manner as on the twelfth day.

When he is ready to return to his country, he makes Tawaf Al-Wadaa, which is seven circuits around the Ka'bah. Menstruating women and women experiencing postnatal discharge are not obligated to perform

Tawaf Al -Wadaa.

Visiting The Prophet's Mosque1. A pilgrim goes to Madina before or after Hajj with the intention of visiting the Prophet's mosque and praying in it. Prayer there is better than a thousand prayers elsewhere except in the Holy Mosque in Makkah.

2. Upon reaching the mosque he prays two Rakaas of salutation or performs any obligatory prayer that is due.

3. He goes to the grave of the Prophet -may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him - and he stands before it. He greets him saying the "May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you, oh Prophet. May Allah grant you a good reward on behalf of your people. " He takes a step or two to his right to position himself before Abu-Bakr and greets him saying : "May the peace, mercy, and blessing of Allah be upon you. oh Abu-Bakr, Caliph of the Messenger of Allah. May Allah be pleased with you and grant you a good reward on behalf of Muhammad's people." Then he takes a step or two to his right to position himself before Umar and greets him saying: " May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you, oh Umar, Prince of the believers. May Allah be pleased with you and grant you a good reward on behalf of Muhammad's people."

4. In a state of purity, he goes to pray in Qubaa Mosque.

5. He goes to Al-Baqee to visit Uthman's grave- may Allah be pleased with him. He stands before it and greets him saying: "May the peace, mercy and blessing of Allah be upon you, oh Uthman- Prince of the believers. May Allah be pleased with you and grant you a good reward on behalf of Muhammad's people." He greets any other Muslims in Al-Baqee.

6. He goes to Uhud and visits the grave of Hamza- may Allah be pleased with him- and the other martyrs there with him. He greets them and preys to Allah to grant them forgiveness, mercy, and pleasure.

The following is incumbent upon the Muhrim for Hajj or Umrah:

1. That he be committed to Allah's religious obligations upon him such as prayer in its time (in congregation for men).

2. That he avoids what Allah has prohibited such as obscenity, inequity, and disobedience. if anyone undertakes Hajj therein. Let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling during Hajj ~ [2:197].

3. That he avoids harming the Muslims with words or actions within the Masha'ir or elsewhere.

How does going on hajj change people's lives?

Going on hajj changes many lives of muslims, this is because they have released their sins and cleansed their sloes, they have also shown respect to god, and they have gained a better chance of getting a place in heaven when they die.

What is Hajj?

The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is the name given to the pilgrimage which is associated with Muhammad's life. Pilgrims from all over the world join processions of hundreds of thousands of people to converge on Mecca and to perform a series of rituals.

As part of the Hajj, each person walks counter-clockwise seven times about the Kaaba, runs back and forth between the hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah; they drink from the Zamzam Well and go to the plains of Mount Arafat to stand in vigil as well they throw stones in a ritual Stoning of the Devil.

Pilgrims shave their heads & perform an animal sacrifice in order to celebrate the four day festival of Eid al-Adha.

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Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. Performing Hajj once in lifetime is obligatory on each Muslim man and woman if he/she can afford. Here is the detail about Hajj. Hajj is celebrated during the month of Zil Hajja. It is the fifth pillar of Islam. It is a tradition established by Hazrat Abraham (Ibraheem in Arabic) as per command of Almighty Allah Karim. He built Ka'abah and announced to the people (all humans -born or yet to born). Miraculously, his voice echoed through the universe- even the heavens above. All the Souls, yet to born, who answered to the call saying: Labbaik Allah Humma Labbaik… Here I come, O my Allah, Here I present myself to you… are destined to perform Hajj. It is obligatory on each Muslim once in lifetime.

Hajj is performed during the last month of the Islamic calendar. The schedule is as under or this is how Hajj is performed in different stages: All these rituals teach unconditional obedience to Allah Almighty. They teach equality, simplicity, sacrifice, tolerance and charity etc. It was renewed by the last Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad (SAW). Only the Muslim Ummah performs Hajj which is obligatory on each Muslim

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j is the fifth pillar of Islam. Performing Hajj once in lifetime is obligatory on each Muslim man and woman if he/she can afford.

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Hajj is celebrated during the month of Zil Hajja. It s the fifth pillar of Islam. It

is a tradition established by Hazrat Abraham (Ibraheem in Arabic) as per command of Almighty Allah Karim. He built Ka'abah and announced to the people (all humans -born or yet to born). Miraculously, his voice echoed through the universe- even the heavens above. All the Souls, yet to born, who answered to the call saying: Labbaik Allah Humma Labbaik… Here I come, O my Allah, Here I present myself to you… are destined to perform Hajj. It is obligatory on each Muslim once in lifetime.

Hajj is performed during the last month of the Islamic calendar. The schedule is as under or this is how Hajj is performed in different stages: All these rituals teach unconditional obedience to Allah Almighty. They teach equality, simplicity, sacrifice, tolerance and charity etc. It was renewed by the last Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad (SAW). Only the Muslim Ummah performs Hajj which is obligatory on each Muslim

Day - 1. 8th of Zilhajja: (Day of Tarwiya) Taking bath, putting on Ahraam (two sheets of untailored cloth), going to Haram i Pak, making intention of performing Hajj, offering two Nawafil and reaching the field of Mina (preferably) before Zuhar Prayer and staying there.

Day - 2. 9th. (Day of Arfaa) Offering Fajr Prayer and reaching the field of Arafaat (the main ritual of Hajj). Offering Zuhar and Asar prayers (Qasar) behind the Imam in Masjid - Namra - if possible. Staying there till sunset, offering Prayers and parying to Almighty Allah Karim. Leaving the field of Arafaat just at sunset without offering Evening Prayer. Coming to Muzdalfa at night offering Maghrib and Isha Prayers together. Staying there at night. Collecting 49 small pebbles for stoning the Jamraats.

Day - 3. 10th (Eid day) Offering Fajar Prayer and leaving Muzdalfa at sunrise. Stoning the Big Jamrah (Shaitan), offering animal sacrifice, coming to Haram i - Pak, going around the Ka'abah, performing Sayee (Walking/running betwen Safa and Marwa hills), shaving off head (for men- women cut two or three inches of their hair as a token) and putting off Ihram. Going back to Mina and staying there.

Day - 4. 11th. Stoning the three Jamraat and staying at Mina.

Day- 5. 12th Zila Hajja. Stoning the three Jaraat (Shaitans-Devils) and coming back to Makka Mukarma before sunset. That is the end of Hajj.

Day= 6: 13th Zihajja. If some one intentionally or by chance does not leave Mina before sunset of Day-5, he will stay there for the night and on the 6th day he will stone the three Jamraats and return to Makka Mukammah. This ends Hajj the Fifth Pillar of Islam.

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The Hajj is a pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah). It is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world. It is the fifth pillar of islam, an obligation that must be carried out at least once in one's lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. It is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to Allah.

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Hajj is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah) in Saudi Arabia. Hajj must be performed during the first few days of the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah. Every Muslim who is sane, healthy, and has enough money to pay for the trip and to make provision for dependents while she/he is gone is required to perform Hajj once during his/her life. Hajj is a wonderful experience, as several million people of all nationalities and backgrounds worship together. The main rituals of Hajj include:

1. Spending a day (the 9th day month of Dhul-Hijjah) in Arafat, a location close to Makkah, where all of a pilgrim's sins are hoped to be forgiven, per God will and promise.

2. Spending that night in a nearby valley, called Muzdalifah.

3. Stoning pillars symbolizing evil spirits, to affirm personal rejection of the devil and his minions.

4. Performing tawaf: circling the Kaaba in Makkah. The Kaabah, an ancient stone building, was first constructed by Prophets Abraham and Ismail (Ishmael.)

5. Spending the night in another valley, Mina.

6. Sacrificing a sheep in thanksgiving for having been able to perform Hajj. (The meat is distributed to poor people internationally.) During the Hajj, a pilgrim wears special clothing called "ihram."