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HAJJ 2018, HOW TO PERFORM HOLY PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA

HAJJ 2018, HOW TO PERFORM HOLY PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA FROM NIGERIA

Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, which a devoted Muslim who is well to do and healthy, is obligatory to perform. Factually the health benefits a Muslim faithful can derive for performing the Hajj is far greater than imagined.

If you see someone preparing for hajj study him before departing for the holy land and when he or she returned, factually he must have a tremendous health improvement. Provided he did not mix any other business with his religious obligation
This is simple, most of his activities stem from walking without options. Right from the time he checks-in, in the City of Medina, through to all his Hajj activities in Mecca and Mina, although religious in practice, most of the activities are greatly beneficial health wise to any adults who are not lazy.

HAJJ 2018, HOW TO PERFORM HOLY PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA FROM NIGERIA

HAJJ 2018, HOW TO PERFORM HOLY PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA FROM NIGERIA

HAJJ 2018 – HOW TO PERFORM HOLY PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA FROM NIGERIA

STATEMENT OF INTENTION

Your preparations start right from the moment you signified interest in performing the next Hajj.
When you overcome the financial issue, the next decision you have to make is the type of operator you intend to use in achieving your aim.

 

There are two viable options readily available:

  1. You can choose the National Hajj Commission
  2. Or you can use one the private operators popularly called “the international”

No matter the one you selected expect some shortcomings.

Because majority goes with the National Hajj Commission this piece will be tailored towards their system

FIRST THING FIRST – HAJJ 2018

  1. In preparation for Hajj 2018, the first step is to obtain an international passport. If you have one, make sure it has at least three months validity and unused visa pages.
  2. Pay the Hajj fee, part payment is possible provided you have the ability to complete the payment within the stipulated period.
  3. Submit your details and photographs to the State Hajj Commission you intend to follow.
  4. Ensure that you take the necessary health vaccination and obtain the card.

PRE PILGRIMAGE LECTURE

Find time to attend pre-pilgrimage lectures. The lecture will familiarise you with the procedure of Hajj and what the whole trip entails. Be there and listen attentively because your journey commences from there.

PACKING YOUR LUGGAGE

Having obtained a date for the pilgrimage you should begin to pack the essential items needed for the journey.

  1. A pamphlet will be given to you by the Commission, guiding you on things to take along and the prohibited items.
  2. It is wise to pack things moderately and avoid liquid items.
  3. It is important to take along some food items (if they are not prohibited) because most foods served there may be sub-standard or surgery which may not agree with your system.
  4. Go with a cardigan, you may need it.
  5. Currency wallet or belt is a must, due to the large crowd and the accommodation you will share compulsorily with the fellow pilgrim.

FLIGHT TO JEDDAH OR MEDINA

The city you’re to land in Saudi Arabia will be determined by the State pilgrim board you chose. It could be Jeddah or Medina.

CITY OF MEDINA

When a pilgrim commences his Hajj trip from the City of Medina there may be a challenge. Most of the time pilgrim assume erroneously that Hajj activities are very simple, due to the relaxed atmosphere in Medina and the easy access to the Mosque of Prophet Muhammad he enjoyed.  Also going on Ziarah that doesn’t require timing or regimentation. Furthermore, pilgrims are fresh from home with energy to go.

It is better to be warned that there are big task ahead. When the pilgrim arrives Mecca everything change. Those that engage in reckless spending in Medina regret their action when it’s too late.

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MEDINA AND ZIARAH

Besides performing daily prayers at the beautiful Holy Prophet Mosque, (Al masjid Anabawi) it is expected of pilgrim to go on Ziarah

  • 1. MASJID QUBA

Masjid Quba is regarded as one of the oldest mosque in the world. It was built by Prophet Muhammad. He use to go there every Saturday. He usually does ablution at home and walks to the mosque for prayer.

  • 2. MASJID al QIBLATAYN

Masjid al Qiblatayn means Mosque of two Qiblah. It was called so because, prior to the time when the Prophet received instructions from Allah to use Kaabah as Qiblah, Moslem used to face Jerusalem for prayer. One day the Prophet Muhammad went there and met them praying facing Jerusalem, he didn’t follow them but face the direction of Kabba.

LEAVING MEDINA FOR MECCA

After spending about one week in Medina, the pilgrim start a journey (mainly at night) to Mecca for the proper Hajj.

When he reached a place called Dul Hulaifah, he makes a stopover. This is where he will take on his “ihram” which means ‘a state of holiness’ and it will be done in this special place – the Miqat of the people of Medina.

By taking on the ihram, which consists of two white clothes (not join) for male (up and down), the pilgrim takes off his normal dress, take a bath, and perform ablution and take on the ihram. He proceeds to the nearby prayer centre. Do two rakat (niyat) and make the declaration of intention to perform Hajj.

A female pilgrim is not expected to wear a special dress for Hajj, as long as she dresses normally leaving the hand and face uncovered.

From the moment the pilgrim put on the ihram, and did a’niyat, he must abstain himself from the following activities:

  1. Cutting of nails
  2. Shaving any part of his body
  3. Having sexual intercourse
  4. Using perfume
  5. Damaging plants
  6. Killing animals
  7. Processing  weapons
  8. Covering head for male
  9. Covering hand and face for female.

ENTERING THE HOLY CITY OF MECCA

As soon as the pilgrim arrives Mecca, he is expected to go to the Holy Mosque. (Masjid al-Haram) to perform the first Tawaf.

Note that he leaves his luggage in the basement of his hotel until he concludes the first Tawaf, he can’t move them inside.

THE FIRST TAWAF

On reaching the Masjid al-Haram the pilgrim does ablution and enter the Mosque through one of the many gates. (Avoid entering through one specific gate)

Moving close and citing Kaabah, he will see a sign in English or Arabic indicating the starting point of the Tawaf. The place is called Black stone or Hajar-al-Aswad. Please note that it may be risky to move closer, due to a large number of pilgrims.
Pointing to the Hajar-al-Aswad is highly recommended.

Performing Tawaf is to walk round the Kaabah seven times. The first three at a fast pace and do the last four in an ordinary walking pace.
As the pilgrim walk round, he keeps praising Almighty Allah and when he reached the starting point, he points towards the Hajar-al-Aswad.

At the conclusion of the last round of his Tawaf, the pilgrim step aside to do two Rakat at the place of Ibrahim (Muqam Ibrahim). Due to large crowd, he can do it anywhere within Kaabah vicinity.

Afterwards the pilgrim look for Zamzam water to drink.

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SAFA AND MARWA SA’AY

As soon as the pilgrim conclude the Tawaf he goes to mount SAFA and MARWA. He is expected to run between them seven times. As he is moving, he keeps glorifying Allah and do supplication along the way.

Running between Safa and Marwa is known as SA’AY. This is to emulate Hajara the wife of Ibrahim while searching for water for her baby Ismael ran seven times between the hill of SAFA and MARWA and later found water sprung between the feet of Ismael.

 

SHAVING OF HAIR

After SA’AY the pilgrim moves outside the Holy Mosque to shave or cut his hair. The female clip a portion of their hair.

 

TRAVELLING TO MINA, THE TENT CITY

On the 8th day of Dul-al-Hijjah after Subui prayer, the pilgrim leaves Mecca for MINA.
MINA is a tent city with a capacity of about 3 million pilgrims and officials. It represents the pick of the pilgrimage activities. All pilgrims put on their ihram. It is a fact that any pilgrim that skip MINA does not perform Hajj.

The beauty of going to MINA and Arafat is the uniformity of praising Allah by the pilgrims, as they recite Talbiyah:

  • Labaika Allahumon Labaika
    Labaika Laa Shereeka Laka Labaika
    Inna Li Hamuda Wanniimota
    Laka Walimulik
    Laa Shereeka Laka

On reaching MINA the pilgrim stays and pray in a tent all day.
MINA epitomised and teaches human endurance, the pilgrim foregoes all form of comfort,  he stays on a tinny mattress. While some of the tents may not function very well and the cooling system not working. He took a turn to bath and do ablution.

 

FROM MINA TO MOUNT ARAFAT

On the 9th day of Dul-al-Hijjah, all pilgrims move from Mina to Mount Arafat.

This is known as Day of Arafah.

The pilgrim is expected to arrive Arafat before Suhr. On the day of Arafat, all pilgrims congregate in the plane of Arafat and offer prayers all day.
Both Zuhr and Asr prayers are combined.

 

WUQUF AT ARAFAT

The staying or standing in the plane of Arafat is called WUQUF.
Pilgrims stay in Arafat until sunset, supplication and listen to lectures.
The significant of Arafat is that all pilgrims are equal, rich or poor no differentiation or segregation.

 

MUSDALIFAH

At sunset or night-time, pilgrims depart Arafat for MUSDALIFAH.
Musdalifah is an expanse of land located between Arafat and Mina
Here, pilgrims are expected to perform Maghrib and Ishai prayers combined.

On a personal note, in all my years traveling the world I have never seen a place as terrifying and amazing as Musdalifah.
Musdalifah is a place pilgrims usually get lost, due to the large number of pilgrims arriving and converging the open field, to spend the night without clear demarcations.

In my own case, (Hajj 2015) we arrived Musdalifah around 8.45 p.m. The bus dropped us and disappeared without any instruction or direction. I found my self-lonely in the mixed of the multitude.

In Musdalifah the first thing to do is to get a mat and squeeze a place to spread your mat. If you’re able to cite any member of your group. Keep tap of them until daybreak.
Getting lost is common on the night at Musdalifah because the open field suppose to accommodate about 2 million pilgrims that night and it is compulsory to spend the night and prepare for the next day activities.

 

RAMY AL-JAMARAT STONING OF THE DEVIL

The 10th day of Dul-al-Hijjah, which is the day of Eid-al-Adha, after returning from the amazing Musdalifah, pilgrims return to Mina and proceed to Jamurat – the place designed for the stoning of the devil.

Walking a distance of about 8 kilometres from Mina to Jamurat, pilgrims can gander pebbles along the way.
Pilgrims throw seven stone each, at the three pillars known as Jamurat-al-aqabah

The act of stoning the devil symbolizes prophet Ibrahim rejection of the Devil.

 

SLAUGHTERING OF ANIMAL

After the day’s stoning of the devil, the pilgrim is expected to slaughter an animal as part of the day’s activities. Nowadays a representative is usually appointed to carry out the act on behalf of most pilgrims.

 

SAVING OF HAIR

One of the important activities of the day is the shaving or trimming of hair. Afterwards, the pilgrims is at liberty to wear his normal clothes.

 

TAWAF AL-IFADAH

On the same day or the following day, after shaving of hair, pilgrim return to the Sacred Mosque in Mecca before Zuhr, to perform Tawaf Al-ifadah which is also an essential part of Hajj.

Performing Tawaf al-ifadah indicate that the pilgrim as brings to an end his ihram and whatever is prohibited to him is now lawful except for sexual intercourse.

 

11th – 13th Dul-al-Hijjah

With the conclusion of Tawaf Ifadah the pilgrim return to Mina, he uses 11th and 12th to continue the stoning of the devil process.

For safety reasons and due to usual congestion in Jamurat most mornings and afternoons, night-time stoning is highly recommended.
If the pilgrim is unwell he is at liberty to delegate someone to perform the symbolic stoning on his behalf.

 

THE LAST DAY AT MINA

On the 13th Dul-al-Hijjah, the pilgrims perform the final stoning and return to Mecca.

 

THE FINAL: TAWAF AL-WADA

Whenever the pilgrim decided or the flight schedule permits him to exit the city of Mecca, he is expected to perform the final Tawaf, called Tawaf al-Wada, realistically the pilgrim is bidding farewell to the Sacred Mosque.

He should not forget to drink the Zamzam water, which is not obtainable outside Saudi Arabia.

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Updated: April 17, 2018 — 2:58 pm

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