The Hajj is the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the greatest religious observances in Islam and the largest pilgrimages in the world.
Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. It’s every Muslim’s desire to perform Haj at least once in his life time. Performing Haj is obligatory to every sane, financially able and adult Muslim.
Mecca, the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad is considered the most holy city of Islam.
The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar.
What are the dates for Hajj in 2016?
In the year 2016, Hajj is expected to fall between 9 to 14 September 2016.
Note: The exact dates of Islamic holidays cannot be determined in advance, due to the nature of the Islamic lunar calendar. Estimates are based on expected visibility of the hilal (waxing crescent moon following a new moon) and may vary according to location.
The Five Pillars of Islam are :
- SHAHADAH: Faith – “There is no god except Allah, Muhammad (pbuh) is the messenger of Allah”.
- SALAH: Prayer – Praying five times a day.
- ZAKAH: Donate – Each year, Muslims are supposed to donate a fixed proportion of their savings for good deeds.
- SAWM: Fasting – Fasting during the month of Ramazan.
- HAJJ: Pilgrimage – Making a pilgrimage to Makkah at least once in the lifetime of a Muslim, if it is affordable.