Talking about the annual Muslim hajj to Mecca, more than a million pilgrims take part in this holy gathering year after year.
Here we are discussing some of the interesting and little unknown facts about Hajj.
PROCESS OF REBORNING YOUR SOUL:
Hajj is considered as one of the five pillars of Islam. The other four include:
- Shahada: It symbolizes the belief in the oneness of Allah and his Prophet
- Salat: It is the offering prayers which has to be done 5 times a day
- Sawm: It depicts the fasting in the month of Ramadan
- Zakat: It is the way of charity in accordance with your wealth
It is believed that Muslims must perform it at least once in a lifetime. Hajj includes a journey to Makkah and Madinah which will help them reborn their soul and forgives all your sins.
WORLD’S LARGEST RELIGIOUS GATHERING:
Year after year, millions of pilgrims take flights to Umrah, in the religious activity. Makkah which is the most sacred and holiest mosque Masjid Al Haram is located in Saudi Arabia. People visit there with the starting of the month of Zill Hajj that is 12th month of the Islamic calendar.
MAKKAH – AN ANCIENT CITY
Makkah is a holy place that was developed after Prophet Ismail and his mother Bibi Hajra RZ found the spring of Zamzam in the desert. Muslims are only allowed to enter this holiest place on earth.
HOUSE OF KAABA – THE HOLIEST PLACE ON EARTH
“Kaaba” (the house of Allah) is the building in the center of the Masjid Al Haram. This was built by Prophet Adam (the first human) and was renovated by Prophet Ibrahim and ProphetIsmail AS. This cubicle house is considered as the most sacred house on Earth. The Muslims performing Hajj or Umrah take seven rounds in the anti-clockwise direction known as Tawaf.
After that, the pilgrims walk 7 times between two hills Safa and Marwa which is known as ‘SAI’. It is the place where Hazrat Ismail and his mother ran for water in haste.
ALL DRESS THE SAME:
During Hajj, all the men and women used to dress in white color which symbolizes purity and peace. Talking about men, they wear Ihram and women cover themselves from head to toe leaving the face out.
The reason for wearing the same color is to depict that all are equal. They are also not allowed to wear any kind of jewelry or any other accessory or sewn garments. Perfumes are also restricted.
MIRACLES OF ZAMZAM WELL:
The pilgrims drink water from the Zamzam well during the Hajj. It is located at the east of Kabbah. It is the water spring that came out for Hazrat Ismail, who was dying of thirst.
HUGE REVENUE TO SAUDI GOVERNMENT:
Millions of pilgrims go for the Hajj every year and talking about the earnings, Saudi government earns huge revenue by making Hajj as one of the industry. It is a fact that the Saudia Arabian markets receive billions of turnovers that generates through the Hajj season.
REQUIRES PHYSICAL AS WELL AS FINANCIAL EXPEDITE:
Nowadays, performing Hajj is not an easy task. You need a lot of energy as well as resources due to several reasons. It includes heavy gatherings, crowd causing accidents and deaths due to fall of cranes, construction at the Grand mosque and more.
At the time of Hajj, as the part of the tradition; all the pilgrims have to withstand the heat, withstand the heat. This heat exhaustion has caused many to lose their lives.
In the love of Allah, millions of Muslims gathered from all around the world to perform Hajj and pray for world’s peace. Those who perform the hajj are called hajjis and they symbolize equality and patience.
ONLY A FEW GET THE CHANCE TO GO FOR HAJJ:
According to the figures, only 9% of the Muslims all around the world get the chance to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. People living closer to Mecca are more likely to have performed the hajj.
Talking about the Egyptian Muslims, only 20% of them have completed the pilgrimage which is quite high as compared to Indonesia where the percentage is just 3%.
INDONESIA: THE COUNTRY WITH MOST PILGRIMS:
It is just unbelievable information about hajj that the prospective pilgrims in one of the areas in Indonesia wait for up to 15 years.
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE LOVE OF GOD:
According to the officials, they have put a limit on the number of pilgrims in recent years as more and more people have applied in recent years. In 2013 only, more than 3.1 million of people gathered from all around the world for Hajj.
Just to accommodate the crowd, the Saudi Arabia authorities have sought to expand the Grand Mosque. It will be located the cube-like building called the Kaaba.
END WITH THE SACRIFICE:
The end step of the HAJJ is Eid al-Adha or “The Festival Of Sacrifice”. The feast of sacrifice marks the end of the hajj. This includes sacrificing animals that is a Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim. Muslims worldwide will celebrate by slaughtering a camel, sheep or cow. This is done to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God.
There is also believed that by performing the Hajj, the people can absolve their past sins and depicts it as a Journey of Forgiveness. People use to ask their relatives, friends, and acquaintances to pardon their mistakes before going on the pilgrimage.