When is Hajj 2024?

What is Hajj?

Hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, an annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia that every Muslim must undertake at least once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially able. It is a profound spiritual journey that embodies the principles of devotion, sacrifice, and unity.

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When is Hajj 2024?

Hajj 2024 is expected to begin on Friday, June 14, and will continue until Tuesday, June 18. These dates are based on the Islamic lunar calendar and may vary slightly depending on the sighting of the moon.

Significance of Hajj​

Hajj holds immense significance in Islam, symbolizing the equality and unity of Muslims worldwide. Pilgrims, regardless of their race, nationality, or status, wear simple white garments and perform rituals together, highlighting their unity and submission to Allah.

"And proclaim to the people the Hajj (pilgrimage); they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass."
— Surah Al-Hajj (22:27)

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The Days of Hajj

Hajj lasts for a period of five days, each marked by specific rituals:

  • Day 1 (8th Dhu al-Hijjah): Pilgrims enter the state of Ihram and travel to Mina, where they spend the day in prayer and reflection.
  • Day 2 (9th Dhu al-Hijjah): Pilgrims head to Arafat for the pivotal stand (Wuquf) and prayers, then travel to Muzdalifah to collect pebbles.
  • Day 3 (10th Dhu al-Hijjah): Pilgrims perform the symbolic stoning of the devil at Jamarat, sacrifice an animal (Qurbani), shave their heads (men) or trim their hair (women), and complete Tawaf al-Ifadah.
  • Day 4 (11th Dhu al-Hijjah): Pilgrims continue stoning the pillars at Jamarat and spend the night in Mina.
  • Day 5 (12th Dhu al-Hijjah): Pilgrims perform the final stoning rituals and may either leave Mina or stay for an additional day.

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Where Does Hajj Take Place?​

Hajj takes place in and around the holy city of Makkah. Key locations include:

  • Kaabah: The sacred cube-shaped structure in the Masjid al-Haram, the focal point of Islamic worship.
  • Mina: A tent city where pilgrims stay during Hajj.
  • Arafat: The site of the critical stand and prayers, symbolizing the climax of Hajj.
  • Muzdalifah: An open plain where pilgrims gather pebbles for the stoning ritual.
  • Jamarat: The site of the stoning of the three pillars, representing the rejection of evil.

Who Has to Perform Hajj?

Hajj is obligatory for every adult Muslim who is physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey. Those exempt from performing Hajj include:

  • Individuals who lack the physical strength or health to travel.

  • Those who cannot afford the expenses of the journey.

  • Women without a Mahram (a male guardian).

  • Children (although they are permitted to go, it is not considered incumbent upon them until they reach the age of maturity).

The Story of Ismail and Hajar and How the Kaabah Was Built​

The story of Hajj is deeply intertwined with the tale of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), his wife Hajar, and their son Ismail (AS). Left in the desert by Allah's command, Hajar searched desperately for water for her thirsty child, Ismail. Her faith and perseverance led to the miraculous spring of Zamzam.

Years later, Allah (SWT) commanded Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Ismail (AS) to construct the Kaabah, a sacred sanctuary for Allah's worship. Their devotion and obedience laid the foundation for one of the most significant sites in Islam.

The Story of Ibrahim (AS) and His Son Ismail (AS) and Their Sacrifice​

Another profound element of Hajj is the story of Prophet Ibrahim's (AS) willingness to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail (AS) as an act of obedience to Allah. At the last moment, Allah provided a ram to be sacrificed instead, commemorating the ultimate test of faith and submission.

This act of devotion is honored during Eid ul-Adha, where Muslims around the world perform Qurbani (sacrifice) to remember Ibrahim's (AS) unwavering faith.

Your Qurbani with MWC​

The stories of Ibrahim (AS) and Ismail (AS) remind us of the importance of sacrifice and commitment to our faith. This Hajj season, as you reflect on these lessons, consider contributing to the well-being of those in need. Donate your Qurbani with MWC and help us spread the blessings of Eid ul-Adha to communities worldwide.

By understanding the profound significance of Hajj and the stories that shape it, we not only enrich our spiritual journey but also strengthen our connection to the broader Muslim Ummah.

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