When is Hajj 2017 and how long does it take??
Hajj is a religious obligation offered by the Muslims from all over the world. It is an annual pilgrimage where millions of Muslims comes to Makkah. In 2017 the Hajj will start from August 30 to September 4, 2017. These are the officials date of the Hajj approved officially by Saudi Arabia according to the Sighting of moon. Every year on the 3 day of Hajj, Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha which one of the Holiest festival in the Islamic religion.
In accordance to the Islamic calendar the Hajj starts on 8 Dhu al Hijjah and ends at 13 Dhu al Hijjah. The rituals of the Hajj are completed in 5 days. For Muslims the Hajj is in accordance to the action of Hazrat Muhammad in his last pilgrimage in AD 632 and it is one of the five pillar of Islam and Muslims perform it to get the Blessings of Allah Almighty and forgiveness of their sins they have committed in their life. People select Hajj Packages in order to travel with ease and comfort.
Hajj has a list rituals that need to be performed in order to complete the Hajj. Before leaving for the pilgrimage, it is important to have the knowledge about its rites and regulations.
Firstly pilgrim should change their clothes and wear Ihram for the pilgrimage rites at the place designated (Meeqat) for your entrance into the holy city of Makkah Some pilgrims that arrive by plane change their clothes and wear Ihram just before landing and the place where you will perform the rites is determined by the direction from which you are arriving to Makkah. People select Cheap Hajj Packages according to their need and budget.
When you will enter Makah keeping your right foot first, you will go to the mosque that surrounds the Ka'bah known as the Masjid al-Haram at that place you will perform the Tawaf which is the series of walk in circles around the Khan Kaaba. You can also come close to the side of the Khana Kaaba known as Multazam and pray for anything you desire. After this you will go to perform the Sa'i which is the running between the hills named as Marwah and Safa and in order to make this exercise easier, an enclosed walkway has been constructed by the authority of Saudi Arabia.
On the first day of hajj, you will go to a place named as Mina, an area about three miles in distance from Makkah, and you will be spending a day in praying on the second day, you will go to Arafat and there you will make supplications to Allah. After the sunset on the second day, you will go to Muzdalifah where you will pray and collect 21 pebbles and the size of the pebbles should not be more than a chickpea. On the third day, you will return to Mina and perform Jamarat where pilgrims throw stones to symbolize the rejection of evil. After this Eid-ul-Azha when the animal sacrifice is performed by the pilgrim. You will stay in Mina till the fourth or fifth day before returning back to Makkah to perform the final Tawaf that signifies the completion of Hajj. People avail Cheapest Hajj Packages provided by different travel operator in form of group Hajj Packages as in group the expenditure are decreased