The significance of the month of Dhul Hijjah

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 22 August 2017| 29 Zhul Qadha 1438

Dhul-Hijjah (the Month of Hajj) is the 12th month of the Islamic lunar year. It is during this month that the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, known as Hajj, takes place. The actual pilgrimage rites take place on the 8th to 12th days of the month.

According to the Prophet Muhammad (saw) the first ten days of this month are a special time for ibadah. During these days, preparations are underway for those who are undertaking the Hajj (pilgrimage), and most of the actual pilgrimage rites occur.

In particular, the 9th day of the month marks the Day of Arafat, and the 10th day of the month marks the Eid al-Adha(qurbani). Even for those who are not traveling for the pilgrimage, this is a special time to remember Allah and spend extra time in devotion and good deeds.

Hajj is the largest annual gathering on earth of human beings in one place at the same time. There are specified days each year to perform the pilgrimage, during the Islamic month of “Dhul-Hijjah” (the Month of Hajj).

Hajj is one of the five “pillars” of Islam. Muslims are required to make the pilgrimage once in their lifetime, if they are physically and financially able to make the journey to Makkah.

Every year, millions of Muslims from around the world make the journey to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, for the annual pilgrimage (or Hajj). Dressed in the same simple white clothing to represent human equality, the pilgrims gather to perform rites dating back to the time of Ebrahim(as).

Source – ThoughtCo