Millions of Muslims throughout the globe gather in Mecca to perform hajj, each year in the twelfth month of Islamic calendar, called Dhul-Hijjah. Performing Hajj is a once in a life time obligatory act for those Muslims (male or female) who have financial and physical means. Muslims from all over the world gather annually in Mecca in a display of unity, faith and solidarity by re-joining the six day ritual that the last prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) performed in his last Pilgrimage.
Preparing for the Hajj
Enter Ihram- Day 1The first ritual of Hajj is entering Ihram that is a pilgrim’s sacred state- when crossing Miqat (outer boundaries of Mecca).
Pilgrims enter Ihram on 8th Dhul-Hijjah, which involves wearing simple garments- two unstitched clothes for men and stitched loose clothing for women, not engaging in any sexual activity and fighting etc.
After entering Ihram, pilgrims head to Mina by foot or by buses or cars. It is around 8 Km journey. They are required to spend a whole day in Mina. Pilgrims spend time there in praying and remembering Allah Almighty.
The day at Arafat- Day 2The day of Arafat is known as one of the most poignant day not especially in Hajj but also of the Islamic Luner Calendar. The prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave his final sermon at Mount Mercy. Pilgrims reach at Arafat after 14.4 Km journey from Mina and spent the day in prayer.
After sunset pilgrims move to Muzdalifh, 9km ahead from Arafat and spend night under the sky.