Hajj 2024: Date of Muslims’ Pilgrimage to Kaaba at Mecca in Saudi Arabia

For representational purpose

For representational purpose


The Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, stands as the pinnacle of Islamic faith and unity.

The Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, stands as the pinnacle of Islamic faith and unity. It symbolizes solidarity and brotherhood among Muslims worldwide, emphasizing equality and devotion to Allah. As stated, performing Hajj without committing any transgressions is believed to purify the pilgrim of sins. This sacred journey is deeply ingrained in the hearts of Muslims, serving as a testament to their unwavering commitment to their faith.

Significance of Hajj:

Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, is obligatory for physically and financially capable Muslims to undertake at least once in their lifetime. It is a journey of profound spiritual significance, where pilgrims from diverse backgrounds come together to fulfill their religious duties. The pilgrimage occurs during the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, specifically from the 8th to the 12th of that month. Millions of Muslims gather in Mecca during this time, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, or social status, to perform rituals that commemorate the actions of Prophet Muhammad and Prophet Ibrahim.

Date of Hajj 2024:

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia recently announced that the month of Dhul Hijjah would commence on June 7, 2024. Accordingly, Hajj will begin on June 14, 2024, following the sighting of the crescent moon on June 6, signifying the start of the month. The precise determination of the Hajj dates is crucial, as it ensures that pilgrims can perform their rituals at the designated times, as prescribed by Islamic tradition. The Day of Arafah falls on June 15, and Eid al-Adha on June 16, according to the Saudi Press Agency. These dates hold immense significance for Muslims worldwide, marking key milestones in the Hajj pilgrimage.

Hajj Rituals:

During Hajj, pilgrims embark on a journey of spiritual renewal and self-reflection. On the 8th of Dhul Hijjah (Yawm at-Tarwiyah), they initiate their Hajj rites by performing the tawaf (circumambulation) around the Kaaba and the sa'i (ritual walking) between the hills of Safa and Marwa. The 9th (Yawm Arafat) holds particular importance, as pilgrims gather on the plain of Arafat to seek forgiveness and supplicate to Allah. It is a day of intense prayer and contemplation, where believers reaffirm their commitment to their faith. The 10th (Yawm an-Nahr) marks Eid ul Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, where pilgrims perform the ritual of animal sacrifice to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Isma'il as an act of obedience to Allah. This day symbolizes the importance of sacrifice and submission to the will of God. Finally, Hajj concludes on the 12th of Dhul Hijjah, marking the culmination of this sacred journey.

Preparations and Participation:

The Hajj pilgrimage requires meticulous planning and preparation. Pilgrims must ensure that they are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey. They also need to make arrangements for accommodation, transportation, and other logistical aspects of the pilgrimage. Despite the challenges involved, millions of Muslims from around the world eagerly anticipate the opportunity to perform Hajj and fulfill their religious obligations. The pilgrimage serves as a unifying force, bringing together believers from diverse backgrounds in a shared expression of devotion and piety.

Hajj stands as a profound testament to the enduring strength and unity of the Muslim Ummah. It is a journey of spiritual enlightenment and self-discovery, where believers come together to reaffirm their commitment to their faith and seek forgiveness for their sins. The Hajj pilgrimage serves as a reminder of the shared values and beliefs that unite Muslims around the world, transcending geographical boundaries and cultural differences. As pilgrims gather in Mecca to perform their rituals, they are reminded of the timeless message of Islam – a message of peace, compassion, and submission to the will of Allah.

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