What is Hajj?
Hajj (حَجّ) is an Arabic word which means Aim or Destination or Purpose. Hajj is the ultimate journey to the House of Allah (Khana e Kaaba).
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. Hajj is a duty on every adult, sane, free Muslim who is capable of performing it once in a lifetime. A capable person is the one who can afford the trip both financially and health-wise.
This obligation of Hajj is also evident from the following Hadith:
Prophet (S.A.W.) addressed his companions and said:
"O people, Allah has made Hajj obligatory for you; so perform Hajj."
(Sahih Muslim: 1337)
Hajj rituals are performed between the 8th and 13th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah.
When is Hajj 2023?
Hajj 2023 rituals will start from the evening of Monday, 26th of June 2023, and will continue till the evening of Saturday, 1st July, 2023. This is the tentative date as the actual date is contingent on the sighting of the moon of Dhul Hijjah, 1444, the 12th and last month of Islamic Calendar.