Published On: Tue, Aug 29th, 2017

When does Hajj 2017 begin and finish? When does the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca start?

As soon as yearly, Muslims retrace the steps of the Prophet Muhammad from practically 1,400 years in the past in a holy pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

The Hajj is among the 5 Pillars of Islam and all believers are required to carry out it a minimum of as soon as of their lives, so long as their well being permits it.

The holy occasion takes place in a number of places across the metropolis of Mecca, and lasts for 5 days of intense worship.

When does the Hajj begin?

The Hajj takes place yearly between the eighth and the 12th of Dhu al-Hijja, the ultimate month of the Islamic calendar.

In contrast to the Gregorian calendar used within the west, the Islamic calendar relies on the actions of the moon and the very fact date of the Hajj shifts yearly.

This 12 months the Hajj will start no the night of Wednesday August 30 and finish on the night of Monday September four – a few hours earlier than Mecca the place it is going to start on Thursday August 31.

The date was confirmed on Tuesday by Saudi Arabia’s Official Excessive Court docket, primarily based on official astronomer reviews of a brand new crescent moon.

“There was a confirmed sighting of the crescent of Dhu al-Hijjah. Tomorrow, Wednesday, would be the first day of Dhu al-Hijjah,” the Saudi Press Company cited the dominion’s high courtroom.

How is the Hajj noticed?

The Hajj pilgrimage includes a number of sacred rituals and strict guidelines which are carried out over the 5 day occasion.

All Muslims travelling to Mecca are required to put on white ihram clothes, that are symbolic of their purity.

They’re additionally forbidden from shaving, utilizing scented soaps, participating in sexual activity and combating arguing all through.

Once they enter Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Muslims will begin the Tawaf, throughout which they may circle the Ka’ba seven instances, adopted by a kneeling prayer.

The Ka’ba is the black silk-clad dice within the centre of the mosque, which in line with Islamic custom was constructed by Abraham in biblical instances.

On the second day of the Hajj, many Muslims will head to Mount Arafat within the jap a part of the town the place Muhammad is known to have given his final sermon.

After sundown they may spend the remainder of the day gathering pebbles, which they may ceremoniously forged at three partitions referred to as Jamarat, to symbolically ‘stone the satan’.

All through this time Muslims will reside, eat and pray in a sprawling tent metropolis within the neighbourhood of Mina.

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