Once a year there is a annual gathering of Muslims worldwide who attend a holy journey to Makkah and Madeenah. It is a time where equality, strength and love come in numbers of millions to fufill their duty to complete 1 of the pillars of Islam Hajj. United as 1 ummah to praise the 1 true God Allah swt and following the sunnah of Muhammad s.a.w .
Hajj is a spiritual journey that requires patience and is a time where you will strive to complete your beautiful night and days in prayers. A person who is on such a journey is also know as a hajji and their task will to be successfully completing their pilgrimage.
Everyone will be dressed in white in a clothing named Ihram which consists of 2 white cloths. They will carry out duties such as making tawaf which is circling the holy kabah 7 times and peform sa’ee a walk and run between Safa and Marwah.
The Prophet (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) has said regarding these Blessed days: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” The people asked , “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said,“Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out, giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah), and came back with nothing.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari)
It is encouraged to fast on the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah, most highly on the 9th which is the blessed day of Arafah. The Day of Arafah is a special day which falls on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah where the verse of the Qur’an was revealed which explained that is said Religion had been perfected which is Islam.
Allah’s Messenger (Salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) encouraged us to do righteous deeds in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah; and indeed fasting is one of the best of deeds. Almighty Allah says, “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.”’ (Al-Bukhari)
However, whoever is at Arafah as a pilgrim then fasting is not expected of him, as the Prophet, peace be upon him, stopped at Arafah to eat.
On the 10th Day dhul hijjah is Eid ul Adha and it is disliked and sinful to fast on this day as this is a festival day of celebration.
The following are the confirmed dates of the blessed 10 days and nights of Dhul Hijjah Hajj 2015:
The first of the 10 nights of Dhul Hijjah begins on Monday the 14th September from Maghrib.
The first of the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah begins Tuesday the 15th of September from Fajr.
The day of Arafat – 9th Dhul Hijjah is on Wednesday the 23rd of September from Fajr.
Eid Ul Adha – 10th Dhul Hijjah is on Thursday the 24th of September from Fajr.
May Allah swt accept the hajj of the pilgrims and our good work during these blessed days – Ameen.
Pilgrims can also visit Makkah to perform the rituals at any other times during the year. This is seen as a “lesser pilgrimage”, or more well known as Umrah. However, even if they choose to perform the Umrah, they are still obligated to perform the Hajj as it is a must for every Muslim to accomplish this blessed holy Journey atleast once in their lifetime if they have the means to do so.