The Hajj process day by day

Hajj Day by Day

“And proclaim to the people the Hajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass –

That they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the name of Allah on known days over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. So eat of them and feed the miserable and poor.

Then let them end their untidiness and fulfill their vows and perform Tawaf around the ancient House.”

Surah  Al Hajj [27], [28]& [29]

The Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. Those who are with good health and also have the means to afford the journey are required by Allah to visit the Holy and Sacred mosque at Haram in Mecca at least once in their lifetimes. The hajj is an exercise of the spirit and the body. Spiritually, in the Hajj, man let goes of his worldly woes and his desires, to be free from earthly bondage and love his Allah, the way Allah is meant to be praised.  The Hajj is also a physical endeavor because pilgrims walk around the Kabah seven time to do one tawaf, men are supposed to run between the mounts of Safa and Marwa while doing the Sayee. In Muzdalifah, the pilgrims usually stay the night under the open sky. The Hajj thus teaches and tries to mold a pilgrim, hacking away the impurities of his soul, making him realize that he is part of not only a vast social organization in sync with love and compassion for each other but also a universe that is pulsating with hymn and praise for its creator.

The following is the process by which the hajj is completed physically, but since it’s just not a physical journey the hajj begins with a solemn intention of a pilgrim before he is ever near the Haram. Our intention here is to inform the pilgrims in less exhaustive terms, on what is required of them when they perform the rituals and rites of the hajj.

Pilgrims arrive into the Miqaat, the domain where entry of non-Muslims is forbidden adoring the state of Ahram. The Ahram is the uniform pilgrims wear that have two sheets of unstitched cloth wrapped around there bodies for men, while women wear ordinary clean clothes.

8th of Zilhajj

The pilgrims are asked to assemble in the Mina grounds by the 8th of Dul Hajj. Mina is a place in Mecca but is a little far off from the Masjid Al Haram. While the Fajr prayers can be prayed outside the Mina the rest of the prayers must be prayer with in the tented city of Mina on the 8th of Dul Hajj.

9th of Zilhajj

On the 9th Dul Hajj, it is recommended that the pilgrims fast to gain more blessings from Allah. The 9th of Dul Hajj is also regarded as the day of Arafat. After performing the Fajr prayers in Mina, the pilgrim must reach the grounds of Arafat before noon. Pilgrim are required to remember Allah, stand in contemplative vigil, read the Quran, and remember that on the Day of Judgment the entire human race would be standing before Allah, in these same grounds, answerable for their deeds. This is also called as the Waqoof or standing before God. The pilgrim can listen to the sermons from the Jabl-e-Rehmah, a small hill in the middle of the Arafat. The Zuhr and Asr prayers are encapsulated and prayed simultaneously at the Masjid-e-Nimrah in the Arafat grounds, after which the pilgrims are supposed to rapidly exit the Arafat boundaries and reach at Muzdalifah, a station that is south of Mina but north of Arafat. There the Maghreb and Isha prayers are encapsulated and prayed simultaneously. Under the open sky pilgrims spend the night in constant remembrance of Allah, however sleeping is not discouraged. Pilgrims are required to gather stones for stoning the devil from Muzdalifah to be used the next day.

10th of Zilhajj

On the 10th of Dul Hajj the pilgrims move to the Masij-e-Haram for Eid Prayers and the Tawaf-e-Ifadah and sacrifice a goat afterwards. Then the pilgrims move to the Jamarat for the Ramy-al-Jamarat.  The pilgrims stone the wall-pillars of the three devils at Jamarat seven times. The night of the 10th of Dul Hajj is spent at the Mina again.

11th of Zilhajj

On the 11th the pilgrim stones the devils at the Jamarat again ideally between the zuhr and magheb prayer times. A Tawaf-e-Widah is done at the end of the Hajj.

12th of Zilhajj

On the 12th the pilgrim may also stone the devil if they have missed it.