When is Hajj 2023?
Rituals of Hajj 2023 will commence from the evening of Sunday, 25th of June 2023, and will continue till the evening of Friday, 30th June, 2023. This is the tentative date as the actual date is contingent on the sighting of the moon of Dhul Hijjah, 1444, the 12th and last month of Islamic Calendar.
“And complete the Hajj and Umrah for Allah.”
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Hajj (حَجّ) is an Arabic word
which means ‘Aim’ or ‘Destination’ or ‘Purpose’. Hajj is the ultimate journey to
the House of Allah (Kaaba).
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. Hajj is a duty on every adult, sane, free
Muslim who is capable of performing it once in a lifetime. A capable person is
the one who can afford the trip both financially and health-wise.
This obligation of
Hajj is also evident from the following Hadith:
'Prophet (S.A.W.) addressed his companions and
said: “O people, Allah has made Hajj obligatory for you; so perform Hajj.”'
(Sahih Muslim: 1337)
Hajj rituals are performed between the 8th and 13th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah.
Hajj involves travel and it requires more effort than other kinds of worship. This is the reason that Allah Has only made it mandatory for His servants to perform it only once in a lifetime with the stipulation that one must be able to do it both financially and physically. The benefits and hidden wisdom of Hajj are many and some of these (according to Hadith) are given below:
1- Hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam
Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) said:
“Islam is based on five (principles) and
performing Hajj is one of them.”
Since Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, only this fact indicates its importance and it also shows how much Allah loves it.
2- All Previous Sins will be forgiven
As narrated by Abu
Hurairah (R.A.), Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
“Whoever performs Hajj for Allah's pleasure
and does not have sexual relations with his wife, and does not do evil or sins
then he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) as if he were born anew.”
According to the Hadith, if Hajj is performed according to
Sunnah and just to please Allah then it will purify all the sins and pilgrims will
become sinless as a newborn child.
3- Paradise is the Reward
Narrated by Abu Hurairah (R.A.) that Prophet (S.A.W.)
"And the reward of Hajj Mabrur (the one
accepted by Allah) is nothing except Paradise."
Hadith is self-explanatory and clearly states that if Hajj is performed with the right intention and according to Sunnah, then Allah will definitely accept the Hajj, and the reward of Hajj accepted by Allah is nothing but Jannah (Paradise).
4- Pilgrims of Hajj are Guests of Allah
In Islam, guests are treated with utmost respect, love and dignity. This fact is also evident from the following Hadith:
“Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day,
should serve his guest generously.”
In this hadith, Prophet (S.A.W.) has directed us that how we should treat our guests. Then just think about how the guest will be treated when hosted by Allah, The Creator of All Worlds.
Following hadith clearly shows that Pilgrims of Hajj and Umrah
are guests of Allah.
“The pilgrims performing Hajj and ‘Umrah are a
delegation to Allah. If they call upon Him, He will answer them; and if they
ask for His forgiveness, He will forgive them.”
So perform Hajj and become a guest of Allah and ask Him whatever you want in this world and the hereafter.
5- For Women, Hajj is equal to Jihad
Narrated by Aisha (R.A.):
‘I said, "O Allah's Messenger (S.A.W.)!
We consider Jihad as the best deed." The Prophet (S.A.W.) said, "The
best Jihad (for women) is Hajj Mabrur."’
According to the hadith, Hajj is the best Jihad for a woman (as women are not required to actively participate in hand-to-hand combats).
How Hajj is Performed?
Hajj begins on the 8th day of Dhul-Hijjah and ends on the 13th day of the same Islamic month. Many rituals are performed during Hajj and these may be completed over the course of the 5 days. Every year, millions of Muslims around the world participate in this Holy Pilgrimage to the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Complete Hajj comprises of many rituals which include Type of Hajj, Fundamentals (Faraidh), Obligations (Wajibaat) and Sunnah of Hajj, donning Ihraam, what should be done on each day of Hajj, etc. All these steps cannot be covered in this short article. Please visit our ‘How Hajj is Performed – A step by step guide to know all about Hajj.
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On the 10th of Dhul Hijja, Eid al Adha is celebrated. It is the day when Muslims slaughter an animal, generally a sheep, a goat, a cow, or a camel; remembering the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.). Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) intended to slaughter his son Prophet Ismail (A.S.) on Allah’s orders, but Allah replaced Prophet Ismail (A.S.) with a sheep just when Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) was about to go ahead with the sacrifice. This submissive act of faith by Prophet Ibrahim (RA) is an integral part of Hajj as it signifies trust and total surrender to the will of the Almighty Allah. Stoning the wall of Satan (Jamarat) is the reminder of faith that one should have in Allah, as shown by Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) and Prophet Ismael (A.S.).
Hajj not only removes our sins but also gives us a chance to unite
with our Muslim brothers and sisters from all over the world.
May Allah accept the Hajj of all our
Muslim brothers and sisters and grant them the greatest reward. Also, May Allah
give us the chance to offer this great ritual at least once in our lifetime.
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