Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Hajj 2024 Begins as More Than 1.5 Million Pilgrims Arrive in Saudi Arabia

Hajj 2024 officially began on Friday with more than 1.5 million pilgrims arriving in Saudi Arabia. These pilgrims made their way to Mina, some traveling on foot and others by bus. Mina is a valley located near the Grand Mosque in Makkah and is equipped with over 100,000 air-conditioned tents to accommodate the pilgrims.

The pilgrimage starts on the eighth day of Dhul Al Hijjah, a day known as Yawm Al Tarwiyah. This marks the beginning of the sacred journey. Pilgrims perform the welcoming tawaf, which involves walking around the Kaaba.

They also have the opportunity to kiss the black stone, a revered act in Islam. Following this, they run between the Safa and Marwah hills, an act that commemorates Hajjar’s desperate search for water for her son, Ismail.

After completing these rituals, the pilgrims camp in Mina. This period of preparation is crucial as they get ready for the Day of Arafat, the most important day of Hajj. On this day, pilgrims will gather on the plain of Arafat, engage in prayers, and seek forgiveness and mercy from Allah. This day is considered the pinnacle of the Hajj experience.

The Hajj journey is both physically and spiritually demanding. It represents one of the five pillars of Islam, making it a fundamental act of worship for Muslims who are physically and financially able to undertake it. The gathering of millions of Muslims from all over the world in one place, performing the same rituals, highlights the unity and diversity of the Islamic faith.

The experience of Hajj leaves a lasting impact on the pilgrims, strengthening their faith and commitment to Islamic principles. The meticulous organization and preparation by the Saudi authorities ensure that the pilgrims can perform their religious duties in comfort and safety. This year’s Hajj, like every year, is a profound testament to the devotion and dedication of Muslims worldwide.

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