THE PILGRIMAGE (HAJJ) IN ISLAM- 2019
Hajj 2019 is hopefully going to be observed from 9th August till 14th August (Friday- Wednesday) as per the Gregorian Calendar but might be confirmed with the sight of Zil-Hajj Moon.
Pilgrimage (HAJJ) is one of the five basic pillars of Islam which is performed in the last Islamic month of Zil-Hajj from 8th to 12th.
The literal meaning of Hajj is to “set out for a place”. However, Islamically it is referred to the annual visit to the Holy Place of Kabba in Makkah.
It is obligatory upon every capable Muslim to perform Hajj at least once in his entire life.
Every Muslim who can bear the expenses to go to Makkah for the performance of this obligatory prayer is made necessary on him to fulfill it while for the rest of the Muslims; Islam has given a release in the fulfillment of this obligation if they do not have enough balance of the money.
Al-Mighty Allah in The Holy Quran says,
“It is on people for the sake of Allah to perform Hajj of his house, anyone who can undertake the journey to him.” (2:196)
The journey of Hajj along with its different Rituals is of five days commencing from 8th to 12th Zil-Hajj, each day the pilgrims have to fulfill different rituals at different Holy sites. The pilgrims wrap themselves in a white unstitched cloth during this obligatory happening. This Human gathering is considered as the greatest and the largest on the entire Earth. Each year, around 2 to 3 million pilgrims from the different nations throughout the globe gather at one place to kneel in front of Al-Mighty Allah and gather HIS blessing by fulfilling the obligation. The people beyond race, color, and nation differences unite for this Holy Duty showing the world a real picture of Islam.
The Holy Place of Kaaba was built by Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) and His beloved son Hazrat Ismail (A.S) in the heart of the Holy City of Makkah. It is a Cubic-Shaped building that was chosen by the Al-Mighty Allah for His believers to make it as the center of worshiping HIM (SWA).
The history takes us to the hints of when Prophet Ibrahim was requested by Allah to leave his better half Hajra and his dearest child Ismail alone in the desert of Makkah at that point. Hajra ran frantically between the slopes of Safa and Marwa as child Ismail was gravely in the thirst of water. On her arrival, she saw her child scratching the ground with his leg and a sprinkle of water sprang forward underneath his foot. Afterward, Prophet Ibrahim was told by Allah to manufacture Kaba on that site and to welcome individuals to perform the journey of Hajj.
The history also acknowledges us that most of the Rituals of Hajj are the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S). These rituals have stayed unchanged ever since the start and will continue till the last day of the universe with the order of Al-Mighty Allah.
Hajj includes several rituals that happen in and around the Holy Place of Makkah with the fixed duration of Hajj.
The first Ritual is “TAWAF” in which the pilgrims walk around the Holy Kaaba seven times in an anti-clockwise direction.
In 632 CE, Prophet Muhammad guided his supporters from Makkah to Madinah, rinse the Kaba by wrecking all the agnostic icons that were once encompassed the Kaba and re-developed the structure of Allah where now Muslims face and make supplications. At the point when Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) trained the ceremonies of the journey on his last Hajj, it turned into the fifth pillar of Islam.
The Muslim in Islam has a special spiritual attachment with this Holy Obligation of Hajj for which they save money and plan the trip even throughout their lives. A huge number of Muslims from more than 70 countries arrive in Mecca-the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by different routes via air, road or sea for the love of the Holy place.