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"The Hajj is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and the largest gathering of Muslim people in the world every year. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, and a religious duty which Haj must be carried out by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so at least once in his or her lifetime. The state of being physically and financially capable of per- forming the Hajj is called istita'ah and a Muslim who fulfils this condition is called a mustati. The Hajj is a demonstra- tion of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their sub- mission to God." History About Hajj 16th century shrine the Kaaba Mecca in 1850 k Preparations For Haj During the Hajj, male pilgrims are required to dress only in the ihram, a garment consisting of two sheets of white unhemmed cloth, with the top draped over the torso and the bottom secured by a white sash; plus a pair of sandals. Women are simply required to maintain their hijab-normal modest dress, which does not cover the hands or face. The rituals of Hajj in the order Arafat : The next morning, on the eighth of Dhu al-Hijjah, the pilgrims proceed to Mina where they spend the night in prayer.On the ninth day, they leave Mina for Mt. Arafat where they stand in contemplative vigil and pray and recite the Qur'an, near a hill from which Muhammad gave his last sermon, this mountain is called Jabal Al 5. Rahmah Arafat Al- Aqaba Muzdalifa Mîna Marwah Safâ 3 Zamzam Kaaba Kaaba & Tavaf: The pilgrims perform their first Tawaf, which involves all of the pilgrims visiting the Kaaba and walking seven times counter-clockwise around the Kaaba. They may also kiss the Black Stone (Al Hajar Al Aswad) on each circuit. Number of pilgrims per year There has been substantial progress in the number of pilgrims during the last 92 years, and only the number of foreign pilgrims has increased phenomenally by approximately 2,824 per cent, up from just 58,584 in 1920 to 1,712,962 (1.713 million) in 2012. The following number of pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia each year, to perform the Hajj. Year Hijri year Saudi Pilgrims Foreign Pilgrims Total 1920 1338 58,584 1921 1339 57,255 1922 1340 56,319 1996 1416 784,769 1,080,465 1,865,234 1997 1417 774,260 1,168,591 1,942,851 1998 1418 699,770 1,132,344 1,832,114 1999 1419 775,268 1,056,730 1,831,998 2000 1420 571,599 1,267,555 1,839,154 2001 1421 549,271 1,363,992 1,913,263 2002 1422 590,576 1,354,184 1,944,760 2003 1423 610,117 1,431,012 2,041,129 2004 1424 592,368 1,419,706 2,012,074 2005 1425 629,710 1,534,769 2,012,074 2006 1426 573,147 1,557,447 2,130,594 2007 1427 746,511 1,707,814 2,454,325 2008 1428 1,729,841 2009 1429 154,000 1,613,000 2,521,000 2010 1430 989,798 1,799,601 2.8 million 2011 1431 1,099,522 1,828,195 2,927,717 2012 1432 1,408,641 1,752,932 3,161,573 As of 9 September 2012, the Saudi government asked "elderly and chronically ill Muslims to avoid the hajj this year" and have restricted the numbers of people allowed into the country due to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. What are the 8 steps of Hajj? Step:1 Steps for Entering the State of Ihram 1. Bathe yourself (Ghusl). 2. Wear Ihram garments. 3. Make the intention for Umrah or Hajj. 4. Recite Talbeyah*. 5. Avoid acts forbidden while in the state of Ihram Step:2 Steps for Performing Umrah 1. Make Tawaf around the Ka'bah. 2. Pray two Rak'ah behind Maqam Step:3 Going to Mina Ibrahim. 1. Put on Ihram garments again, if you have per- 3. Make Sa'i between Safa and formed Umrah. Marwah. 2. Make intention for Hajj. 4. Trim hair and remove Ihram 3. Remain in Mina during the 8th of Dhul-Hijja and garments. perform five prayers starting with the Zuhr prayer and ending with the Fajr prayer on the day of Arafat. Step:4 Going to Arafat 1. Leave for Arafat on the morning of the 9th of Dhul-Hijja and stay until sunset. Step:5 Going to Muzdalifah 1. Leave for Muzdalifah soon after 2. Stay in any part of Arafat. sunset on the 9th of Dhul-Hijja. 3. Glorify Allah, repeat supplication, repent to Allah and ask for forgiveness. 2. Perform the Maghrib and the short- ened Isha prayers combined. 4. Pray Zuhr and Asr prayers shortened and 3. Stay overnight and perform the Fajr combined during the time of Zuhr. prayer. Step:6 Returning to Mina Step:7 Tawaf al-Ifada 1. Shortly before sunrise, leave Muzdalifah for Mina. 1. Make Tawaf al-Ifada and Sa'i Go to Jamrat al-Aqabah and stone it with seven between Safa and Marwah. pebbles. 2. After Tawaf al-Ifada, all 2. Slaughter your sacrifice. restrictions are lifted 3. Shave your head or trim your hair. 4. Take off Ihram garments. 5. All Ihram restrictions are lifted except for the ban on sexual intercourse. Step:8 Returning to Mina 1. Spend the Tashreeq days (11th, 12th, and 13th of Dhul-Hijja) in Mina. 2. After Zuhr prayer each day, stone the three Jamarat, starting with the small one and ending with al-Aqabah. 3. You may leave on the 12th after stoning the Jamarat if you wish. References: Designed By: M.zahid Travel LTD TM m.zahid Travel August, 2013

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Hajj is an extremely important aspect of Islam, and is considered to be one of its five pillars. It is believed that Mecca (where Hajj is performed) is the largest gathering of Muslim people in the w...






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