Hajj is the name given to the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, undertaken by Muslims throughout the world. It is a sacred journey that occurs once a year, where over 2 to 3 million Muslims participate. According to the beliefs of Islam, Hajj is mandatory for all affording Muslim believers. This is why many Muslims give Hajj special importance, carefully saving money and planning for this journey throughout their lifetime.
When does Hajj take place according to the Islamic Calendar?
The Hajj Pilgrimage takes place from the 8th to the 12th of Zul-Hijjah which is the last month of the Hijiri Calendar.
What is the importance of Hijiri or the Islamic Calendar?
The Hijiri or Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar based on moon sightings. The actual advent of each month depends upon the physical sighting of the new moon. The corresponding Gregorian dates are estimates based upon astronomical calculations, endorsed by the Fiqh Council of North America. The Gregorian dates of Hajj change from year to year. The Islamic day begins at sunset.
What are the expected dates for Hajj 2018?
As per the estimates of the Fiqh Council in North America, Hajj is expected to fall on August 13th, 2018 Inshaa’ALLAH.
Significant Days of Hajj 2018 and their estimated dates:
- Yaumut Tarwiyah- 8th Zul- Hijah
Begins: Sunset on Aug 3oth
Ends: Sunset on Aug 31st
- Yaumul Wuquf- 9th Zul- Hijah
Begins: Sunset on Aug 31st
Ends: Sunset on Sept 1st
- Yaumun Nahr- 10th Zul Hijah
Begins: Sunset on Sept 1st
Ends: Sunset on Sept 2nd
- Ayyamut Tashriq- 11th to 12th Zul- Hijah
Begins: Sunset on Sept 2nd
Ends: Sunset on Sept 4th
Health Advisory for Pilgrims travelling for Hajj:
- The following travelers are requested to delay their travel due to the constant threat of the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia
- Pregnant Women
- Diabetic Individuals
- Those with chronic health issues such as cancer or respiratory diseases
- Those with congenital disorders
- All immunizations should be up to date in travelers going to perform Hajj. This includes: Hepatitis A and B vaccinations as well as Polio vaccinations
- Carry sanitizers, cold, cough, diarrhea medication and inhalers for asthmatic patients for emergency situations
- Due to extremes of temperatures being reached in a hot and dry country like Saudi Arabia, all Pilgrims are requested to move to cool area and seek medical assistance when faced with dizziness or dehydration
Visa Advisory for Pilgrims travelling for Hajj:
- All travelers going for Hajj must review the dates for the expiry of their visas and passports to avoid dealing with unfortunate circumstances
- Pilgrims should NOT overstay their Hajj visa or will face penalties resulting in thousands of dollars in compensation
- Travelers must be aware that the Hijiri calendar is used in Saudi Arabia for all purposes
- In case of emergency or any updates regarding Visa policy, travel agents should be contacted as soon as possible
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