Hajj and Umrah Explained
Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca taking place during the month of Dhu al Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims are expected to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. 2 to 3 million people from across the world gather annually in Mecca for the Hajj. In Arabic, Hajj means ‘to intend a journey’.
Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam – the others are shahadah (declaration of faith); salat (daily prayer); zakat (giving of alms); sawm (fasting in Ramadan).
Dates for Hajj and Umrah
The rites of Hajj are performed from the 8th to the 12th of Dhu al Hijjah. The Islamic calendar, based on the lunar year, means that the date changes in the Gregorian calendar every year. It is 10 to 11 days earlier than the preceeding year.
Hajj 2019 will tentatively commence on Friday, 9th of August 2019 and will continue till Wednesday, 14th of August 2019; in the evening time — the actual date is contingent on the sighting of the moon of Dhu al Hijjah.
Who makes the journey
Muslims attending Hajj must be of sound mind, and financially and physically capable of the journey. Muslims who complete the journey can add Hajji to their names.
The Difference between Hajj and Umrah
Pilgrims can go to Mecca to perform the rituals at any other time of the year. This pilgrimage is known as Umrah and, unlike Hajj which takes place on fixed Islamic dates, is not obligatory.
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