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The Importance and Virtues of Hajj

The meaning of Hajj:

The month of Dhu al-Hijjah falls at the end of all Islamic months. That is, it is the last month of the Islamic calendar. The first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah are very important. The specific acts of worship performed by those who come to visit the city of Mecca are called Hajj in Islamic terms and the acts of worship performed by them are called the rites of Hajj. In Islam, Hajj is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for everyone who can afford it. In the Quran, Hajj is the last and fifth pillar of Islam

The rituals of hajj:

It begins with the rites of Hajj from the 8th of Dhul-Hijjah. The first day of Hajj is called Yom al-Tarwiyah and it is the day of Zaljaj. On this day, the pilgrims perform Ghusl and Ihram. Reading the prayers of Wadi Manah is also included in this day. The second day of Hajj is the day of ‘Arafah and it is the day of the important day of Dhul-Hijjah. The second day of Haj is more important than the rest of the days. This is the day of forgiveness and it is called the day of ‘Arafah. On the same day, the great member of Hajj (Waqf Arafat) is performed. On that day, the pilgrims leave for Arafat. Waqf recites the prayer of Arafat and finally leaves for Muzdalifah and stays in the evening.

The third day of Hajj is called the day of Nahar, and Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the same day, but due to the busyness of the pilgrims and the importance of the rituals of Hajj on that day, the pilgrims offer Eid prayers. These are the programs of the day. Waqf is obligatory in Muzdalifah from Fajr prayers to sunrise on the 10th of Zilhaj. After this, there is a departure towards the mouth, and Jamrah Aqaba (ie the evil Shaitaan is stoned to death). After that, the sacrifice is made.

The fourth, fifth and Sixth day of Haj, that is 11, 12 13 which is called the days of Ramah. And on this day, after completing the Tawaf pilgrimage, the Tawaf farewell is performed and the Dua is offered while leaving the Ka’bahs.

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10 Zill Hajjah day of Eid-ul-Adha:

Eid-ul-Adha is one of the major Islamic events celebrated around the year. Eid marks the end of the hajj which is a five-day religious journey to the grand mosque (Khana Ka’ba) of mecca in Saudi Arabia. this Eid is also known as the festival of sacrifice. this festival is based on Ibrahim’s devotion to sacrificing his son. Muslims around the world complete the Holy ritual along with the sacrifice of an animal n this festival. the celebrations last for 3 days, unlike Eid ul Fitr which is celebrated for one day. people celebrate this festival with great happiness and joy and send their warm wishes and offer prayers in the mosque.

Benefits of Hajj:

There are many benefits to performing Hajj. It washes away sins, just as water cleanses the dirt. This is an act of worship in which the spirit of all other acts of worship is present. For example, how zakat money is spent? Psychological desires are controlled by fasting, and this is also done in Hajj. Prayers in Haj are regularly performed with Takbir Oli. On the occasion of Hajj, the spirit of global unity of Muslims comes to the fore. Muslims of different colors, races, languages, nationalities, and nationalities seem to engage in the same dress and manner in remembrance of God.

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Eid ul Adha Around the World and How Muslims Celebrate this Day?

Eid ul Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice is one of the most important days of the Islamic calendar. The festival is also called Al Eid-Al-Kabeer or the Grand Eid. It has an important religious status as it lasts for four days whereas Eid-ul-Fitr is for one day only.

This festival is celebrated across the Muslim world as a commemoration of the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS). It falls on the tenth day of Zul-Hajja which is the twelfth and the final month of the Islamic calendar.

Why do we celebrate Eid ul Adha?

When Allah (SWT) ordered Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his beloved son, the Prophet (AS) agreed without any hesitation. By the blessing of Allah, a lamb was sacrificed instead of Ibrahim (AS). Allah (SWT) loved this level of trust that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) had on Him (SWT).

Muslims salute the courage of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his willingness. They sacrifice animals if they can afford to do so. The sacrificed meat is then divided in three shares:

  • One is kept for person’s home
  • One for their relatives
  • One for the poor and underprivileged of the community

However, even though the process of sacrificing animals is the same, celebrations for Eid ul Adha across the world differ greatly. This is mainly because it is illegal to sacrifice animals on your own in many countries. Some countries have decided to create slaughterhouses for this purpose, while some countries do not provide any provisions at all.

Celebrations for Eid ul Adha in different countries

Here is a list of countries we will cover as we share how Eid al Adha will be celebrated across the globe:

  1. The UAE
  2. Pakistan
  3. Egypt
  4. Turkey
  5. Africa
  6. Indonesia

Essentially, Eid is an occasion of joy and peace. It is the day when people let go of previous grudges and make meaningful connections with one another. Around the world, Eid traditions and Eid ul Adha greetings may vary. This is because many countries have unique cultural approaches towards this important festival.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The UAE celebrates a public holiday on Eid al Adha for three to four days. Muslims in the UAE visit Eidgahs or communal prayer grounds. This is where prayers and a sermon are held. After wishing Eid Mubarak to everyone, people dress up in their festive best dresses and share sweet treats with their neighbors while giving Eidi to the young members of their families.

Although people in UAE can conduct sacrifices at their places, it is mandatory upon them to ensure cleanliness after the act. The government authorities emphasize over the importance of sacrificing animals properly to keep all diseases at bay. They urge people to register for a sacrifice in the public slaughterhouses. The livestock is checked for diseases here and the authorities also ensure proper transportation of meat.

Pakistan

In Pakistan, Eid ul Adha is a four-day celebration that people spend with utter devotion. Wishes for Eid ul Adha are sent after the Eid Salah and Eid al Adha sacrifice starts after that.

All shops are closed and people go by the day celebrating with their friends and family members. The meat of sacrificed animals is then distributed among friends, families, and poor people. After people are done with the ritual of sacrifice, they prepare an extravagant feast to enjoy with friends and family members. The next five days are then spent reciting Eid ul Adha takbeer repeatedly.

Egypt

Eid ul Adha is widely known as Eid-ul-Kabir in Egypt. This festival is celebrated with utter devotion in Egypt as Muslims cherish how Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was a brave father. Muslims across the country rise up early in the morning and head towards the local mosque for Salah.

After the prayer for Eid al Adha, Imam gives a sermon which is then followed by people meeting up with each other. They give the best of Eid ul Adha wishes to one another and use the following phrase to do so:

“kol sana wa inta tayeb”

This is roughly translated as the following statement: “I hope every year finds you well.”

All over the country, poor people look forward to this day. This is the time when they get and cook beef and mutton which is unaffordable for them. It is freely given to them by wealthy individuals and also by the charity organizations working across Egypt.

Turkey

When the auspicious day of Eid ul Adha rolls in the country, the male members of the family ensure that they abide by all the regulations imposed by Allah (SWT) for this day. They call out Eid ul Adha takbeer and send Eid al Adha greetings for friends and family members.

In Turkey, it is not allowed to sacrifice animals beyond the boundaries of slaughterhouses. They are constructed outside the larger cities as the government wants to make sure none of the diseases penetrate into the city.

However, while Turkish people are eager to visit friends and family members, most of them opt to donate money for charity organizations instead of sacrificing animals. This option is permissible in the country.

Africa

Eid ul Adha celebrations begin in Africa the same way it starts in other Muslim countries. People devote the days fasting for Eid al Adha and when the day arrives, they celebrate it in the best of ways.

It is a festive occasion for all and the best time to remember poor people of the community in your wealth. People sacrifice animals and donate a significant part of it for the poor people. Everyone deserves to be a part of the Eid al Adha celebration. African Muslims make sure that every member of the community can enjoy meaty festivities with their family members.

Indonesia

Celebrations of Eid ul Adha in Indonesia might remind you of Pakistan. People purchase sacrificial animals and sacrifice them on the streets. Much like Pakistan, the sacrifice turns into a communal event where friends and family members gather to watch and help when needed.

Eid ul Adha in Indonesia is completely different from Eid al Adha USA. There are many restrictions in the latter as the government wants people to keep sacrifices limited within the slaughterhouses.

Parting Notes

Qurbani is a religious obligation for every Muslim with a sound mind. Those with an adequate level of wealth are bound to sacrifice animals and commemorate Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). Millions of families around the world will go hungry this Eid if we don’t celebrate it.

May Allah make this occasion a source of joy and reward for us. Aameen!

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