Hajj starts today. What is the meaning of Hajj? Generally, Hajj (pilgrimage) means to intend to meet something holy and great. In Islam, Hajj means going to Mecca to perform the fifth pillar of Islam during certain days of the month of the Thulhijjah. Today is the first day of Hajj. It is called irrigation or watering day.
Tomorrow which is the ninth of The month of Thulhijjah is the great day of Hajj. It is also called Arafa Day. Pilgrims after combining and shortening (Duhur and Asr) prayers go to the mountain of Arafa. The mercy mountain. They make supplication and ask Allah for forgiveness, and before sunset, pilgrims must leave Arafa area to proceed for Muzdalifah area.
They continue their supplication and stay the night there. Those who do not perform Hajj fast on this day. Its fasting wipe the sins of last year and the coming one. At dawn, the pilgrims start their journey to the Area of Mina. That would be on the tenth day of Thulhijjah.
At ritual Mina, they continue their sacred journey by throwing the stones at Jamarat. The place of Satan. Then they cut or shorten their hair. And trim protruding nails at their fingers. Some of them slaughter their (Udhiya) sheep, cows or camels, others go to Mecca to perform Ifada tawaf (circling the house of Allah seven times).
They stay three days In Mina area and perform goodbye tawaf and go back to their countries. Some pilgrims stay two days, they are hasty to go back to their places.
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