The Islamic Holy Pilgrimage

Hajj

The Holy Kaaba, Mecca

الْحَجُّأَشْهُرٌ مَّعْلُومَاتٌ فَمَن فَرَضَ فِيهِنَّ الْحَجَّ فَلاَ رَفَثَ وَلاَ فُسُوقَ وَلاَ جِدَالَ فِي الْحَجِّ وَمَا تَفْعَلُواْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَعْلَمْهُ اللّهُ وَتَزَوَّدُواْ فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُونِ يَا أُوْلِي الأَلْبَابِ

"For Hajj are the months well known.If any one undertakes that duty therein, Let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling in the Hajj. And whatever good ye do, (be sure) God knoweth it. And take a provision (With you) for the journey, but the best of provisions is right conduct. So fear Me, o ye that are wise."  (Al-Baqarah 2:197)

Hajj is one of the five pillars or central duties of Islam. It is a set of acts of worship to be performed in and around Mecca (Makkah) at least once in a lifetime by every Muslim satisfying certain conditions.

The Hajj pilgrim coming from a place distant from Mecca, assumes the ihram from the miqat on their way, or from a point parallel to the closest miqat, and starts reciting the talbiyah. In this there is no difference between one performing `Umrah mufradah or any of the three types of Hajj (i.e.tamattu, ifrad, qiran). However, those who live within the haram of Mecca assume ihram from their houses.'

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Hajj Lessons - by Sheikh Safdar Razi


Important Dates for Hajj 2013

  • First day of arrival in the Kingdom for pilgrims is 1st of Dhu al-Qidah 1434 H / 7th September 2013
  • Last date for arrival of pilgrims in the Kingdom by air, at the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, or at the Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Madinah is the 4th of Dhu al-Hijjah 1434 H – 9th October 2013
  • Last date for pilgrims to travel from Jeddah to Madinah by bus is 25th of Dhu al-Qidah 1434AH – 29th September 2013
  • Last date for pilgrims to travel from Jeddah to Madinah by air is 2nd of Dhu al-Hijjah 1434AH – 7th October 2013
  • Last date for pilgrims to travel from Madinah to Makkah by bus (before Hajj) is 5th of Dhu al-Hijjah 1434AH – 10th October 2013
  • Last date for pilgrims to travel from Madinah to Jeddah by air (before Hajj) is 6th of Dhu al-Hijjah 1434AH – 11th October 2013
  • Start date for departure (return trip) by air is 14th Zilhajj 1434AH - 19th October 2013
  • Final date for departure (return trip) is 15th of Muharram 1434AH – 18th November 2013

  • Please note – these dates have been calculated using the guidelines published on the Ministry of Hajj website and is subject to change due to the new lunar cycle. Always check with your travel agent before booking any flights. Information provided is for guidance only.

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