Interesting Facts About Hajj You Should Know
There are 5 pillars of Islam. Hajj is the 5th. Performing Hajj is compulsory on every Muslim at least once in their life time. Hajj occurs on the 8th to 12th of Dhul Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar.
Muslims who have performed Hajj are called Hajjis. Some even add the title to their name to denote their accomplishment. During Hajj, men are required to dress in Ehraam which is basically two pieces of white sheets they wrap themselves up with. Women are required to dress normal, covering up (Hijab).
Pilgrims stay at Mount Arafat then move to Muzdalfah and Mina where they perform the stoning ritual at the Jamaraat.
Mount Arafat is where Prophet Muhammad PBUH delivered his final sermon in which he preached on how men should treat women; that all Muslims are brothers and should stay united. Jamaraat are three walls located in close vicinity to each other that denote the exact spot where the devil, in human form, tried to mislead Prophet Ibrahim against following Allah’s instructions. Prophet Ibrahim rebuked him by throwing stones at him and he went away. Millions of Muslims today follow in the same ritual and stone the 3 walls at the Jamaraat. After the stoning ritual, Muslims perform Udhiya, also known as Qurbani in which they sacrifice a goat, sheep, cow or camel. The meat is distributed to the poor and the needy as well as neighbours and relatives. Many people donate their Qurbani to the poor. Pilgrims perform the Tawaf Al-Wada after Hajj before heading home. Tawaf-al-Wada entails walking around the Holy Kabaa inside Masjid Al-Haram 7 times.
It is interesting to note that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) performed Umrah 4 times and Hajj once in his life time.