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Hajj Rituals Begin Today

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Over 1.3 million hajj pilgrims are in the holy land of Makkah for the observance of annual hajj pilgrimage following the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH); the pilgrims are currently on move towards Mina today in the first phase of hajj, media reported Thursday.



Dressed in the simple white folds of cloth prescribed for hajj, the pilgrims will pass this day and the following night in Mina—a Tent City situated roughly eight kilometers from Makkah. Later on Monday, the main pillar of hajj pilgrimage ‘Wuquf-e-Arafat’ will be observed.

Wuquf (Stay) in Arafat is performed from Zuhr to sunset on the 9th of Zul Hijjah of Islamic year. The main action in Wuquf is not to pray lots of Nafls but to just stand facing the Baitul Haram (Sacred House) asking Allah (SWT) for forgiveness while recognizing Him as our Lord.

The holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “Al Hajju Arafah,” means ‘standing in Arafat’ is the Hajj.

The Saudi rulers have completed the arrangements to provide the best facilities to the pilgrims.

It should be mentioned here that hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam that must be performed at least once in lifetime by all Muslims capable of making the expensive and difficult journey. It is religious obligation equally applicable to Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims.

Hajj officially commences on the 8th of Zul Hijjah (Oct. 13) and lasts for five days. Pilgrims offer Fajr prayer in Makkah on the 8th of Zul Hijjah. Following the prayer, pilgrims travel to Mina, where pilgrims spend the day and night in Mina praying and reciting praise of their Lord.

On the 9th of Zul Hijjah, the Fajr prayer is performed in Mina. After this, pilgrims set out for Arafat, which is roughly 14 kilometers away.

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