Following in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), hundreds of pilgrims are preparing for the lifetime journey of hajj, expected to start July 18, 2021.
This hajj, same as last year, comes amid restrictions with Saudi authorities placing a ban on pilgrims from abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic and allowing only 60,000 pilgrims maximum from local residents to perform the pilgrimage.
Disseminating information about hajj, below is an infograph by IslamiCity explaining the rituals:
In the first leg of hajj, which starts on July 18 in Mina, the faithful, clad in the white ihram garb, busy themselves reciting the Noble Qur’an and praying.
On the second day, July 19, the pilgrims will ascend the site of Mount `Arafat where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) delivered his last sermon more than 14 centuries ago.
The pilgrims then will return to Mina after spending the night in Muzdalifah.
They will then take part in the symbolic stoning of the devil at Jamrat Al-Aqaba and sacrifice animals to mark the four-day `Eid Al-Adha, which will start on July 20.