Hajj is an important event in the Islamic calendar as millions of Muslims gather every year in Saudi Arabia city of Makkah to perform the life-time journey.
The ritual, which was severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic over the last two years, is back for 2022 after Saudi announced welcoming one million pilgrims this year.
But when exactly is Hajj happening this year?
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According to astronomical calculations, hajj 2022 will commence on Friday, July 8, and will continue till Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
This is the tentative date as the actual date is contingent on Dhul-Hijjah moon sighting on June 29.
“On June 29, the moon may be seen by binoculars in Caribbean Islands, USA and Central America. On June 29 it can be seen easily in Hawaii,” Moonsighting.com reported.
The website added, “on June 30, it can be seen in almost the whole world.”
Hajj on Islamic Calendar
This holy journey includes a series of specific rituals carried out by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) nearly 1,400 years ago.
According to the Islamic Calendar, hajj begins on the 8th day of Dhul-Hijjah and ends on the thirteenth day of the same month.
The overarching aim of the Hajj is to strengthen one’s faith and purify him or her of sins. Allah (SWT) mentions the benefits of Hajj as:
“That they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the name of Allah on known days over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. So eat of them and feed the miserable and poor.” (Quran 22:28)
Hajj consists of several rituals, which are meant to symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith. They also commemorate the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them.
Every able-bodied adult Muslim who can financially afford the trip must perform hajj at least once in a lifetime.