Hajj Ritual begin today in Makkah

From whole world nearly 1.5 million pilgrims reached Makkah to perform yearly rituals of Hajj. Annual hajj has started in western Saudi Arabia Saturday, undeterred by a stampede which last year killed around 2,300.

Preliminary ritual this week at Grand Mosque, pilgrims will go to Mina which is 5 kilometres away from Makkah. The first day of hajj is traditionally the chance for pilgrims to water their animals and stock up on water.

For use as sacrificial offerings millions of sheep and goats to Saudi Arabia exporting from the Somali land.

The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, alongside Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, and Sawm. The Hajj is the largest annual gatherings of people in the world. The state of being physically and financially capable of performing the Hajj is called istita’ah, and a Muslim who fulfills this condition is called a mustati. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God. The word Hajj means “to intend a journey”, which connotes both the outward act of a journey and the inward act of intentions.

The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th (or in some cases 13th) of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. Because the Islamic calendar is lunar and the Islamic year is about eleven days shorter than the Gregorian year, the Gregorian date of Hajj changes from year to year. Ihram is the name given to the special spiritual state in which pilgrims wear two white sheets of seamless cloth and abstain from certain actions.

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