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HAJJ 2021 (1442 AH) has been performed from 08 ZH 1441 H till 13 ZH 1441 H (19 Jul 2021 to 24 Jul 2021). Eid ul Azha @ 10 ZH was in Pakistan on Wednesday, 21 July 2021, but celebrated in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday 20 July 2021.
Hajj Day # 1: 08 ZH 1442 AH (19 Jul 2021 news in Pakistan – Monday, Saudi Arabia one day behind):
Today is “Yum-e-Tarvia” (Day of Tarvia). The Manasik of Hajj of have started. 60,000 Hajis have started Hajj activities and reached Mina. It is second year when due to Covid-19, Jahh is being held at limited scale. This year due to limited Hajj, only a portion of Mina will be populated. This year, 6 towers in Mina have been dedicated for Hajj and camp units. 5000 Hajis stayed in towers and 55,000 Hajis stayed in camps.
Total 60,000 Hajis are performing Hajj for which Covid-19 vaccine is first pre-requisite. Masjid AL Haram is daily washed 10 times and is sanitized by 4000 male and female workers.
11 sanitizer robots and 20 bio care units have also been installed. 2 robots have been made for guidance of Hajis. One robot has 3D technology and is equipped with very sensitive camera, screen and microphone, and it can walk between Hajis, can talk with them, can answer questions can offer guidance and give suggestions. Second robot has been prepared to implement Covid-19 SOPs which can automatically check temperature of Hajis, and can check imposition of face mask.
Hajj security forces in Makkah have imposed fine of 10,000 Saudi Rials to 20 persons on violations of rules and regulations of Hajj.
In Hajj 2019, almost 2.5 million Muslims from all over the world participated, but in Hajj 2020, due to Pandemic Covid-19, only 10,000 Hajis residing in Saudi Arabia participated.
Hajis arrived in Mina camps on Sunday before Zuhur prayer. Here in Mina they will offer five prayers; Zuhur, Asar, Myghrib, Isha and Fajar prayers. Today Mina camp city echoed with voices of 60,000 Muslims. Covering an area of 17 square kilometer, Mina camp city is located north east of Makkah 7 kilometers away.
Hajj Day # 2: 09 ZH 1442 AH (20 Jul 2021 news in Pakistan – Tuesday, Saudi Arabia one day behind):
Today is “Yum-e-Arfa” (Day of Arfa), Hajis today traveled to Arafat (by train or by bus) to perform the greatest member of Hajj i.e. “Waqoof Arfa” (Stay in plain of Arfat). Jabal Rehmat (Mountain of Mercy) is also located in plain of Arafat.
Today Hajis heard Hajj khutba (sermon) in Masjid Namra and in their Mina camps of Arafat plain. The Hajj Khutba was delivered by Imam Kaba Al Sheikh Dr Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz Balila. The key features of Hajj Khutba are:
Ummat should do kindness with each other. Prophet said that people shouldn’t leave the place where Black death (Taoon) spreads. Hatred must be ended. Prophet asked to have mercy on people of land and Allah will have mercy upon you. Fulfil your promises and do ehsan with each other.
After hearing Khutba, Muslims offered Salat of Zuhur and Asar simultaneously in plain of Arafat. In the time between Asar and Maghrib prayer, Hajis performed “Waqof-e-Arfa” to ask prayers to Allah, begged for mercy and forgiveness of their sins. Atmosphere echoed by voices of “Labbaik Allah humma Labbaik”.
At sunset, Hajis left plain of Arafat without offering Maghrib paryer. They then moved towards Muzdalifa for night stay and worship there. After reaching Muzdalifa, Hajis offered Salat of Maghrib and Isha in one session, then they picked pebbles and performed night stay, worshipped & prayed below open sky in Muzdalifa.
Hajj Day # 3: 10 ZH 1442 AH (21 Jul 2021 news in Pakistan – Wednesday, Saudi Arabia one day behind):
Today is “Yum-e-Nahar” (Day of Sacrifice), and also “ 1st Yum-e-Rami” (1st Day of Rami). It is Eid ul Azha for Muslims in Pakistan today but it was celebrated in Saudi Arabia yesterday.
Today Hajis passed a busy day. After Fajar prayer, they performed “Waqoof-e-Muzdalifa” (Stay at Muzdalifa for prayer and worship) and then returned to Mina to place back their luggage in Mina camp. Then they went to Jamrat to stone big Satan with 7 pebbles (they may also go directly from Muzdalifa to Jamrat depending on location of their Mina camp or weight of luggage), sacrificed animals as thanks in Hajj (Sacrifice may be offered by Islamic development bank, or self-arrangements, or committees already formed by fellow Hajis in Mina camps), and then shaved their head to open Ihram dress and got relief from restrictions of Ihram.
Now they may go to Makkah to perform Twaf-e-Ziarat (though it may also be performed following day), they circled Kaba seven times, offered two Nwafil at Maqam-e-Ibrahim, they performed Sae of Safa Marwa in memory of Bibi Hajira and then returned to their Mina camps.
Hajj Day # 4: 11 ZH 1442 AH (22 Jul 2021 in Pakistan – Thursday, Saudi Arabia one day behind):
Today is “2nd Yum-e-Rami” (2nd Day of Rami). Today Hajis went to Jamrat to stone all three satans (devils) in Mina. Those Hajis who couldn’t perform Twaf-e-Ziarat yesterday, they went to Makkah to perform Twaf-e-Ziarat. After Twaf-e-Ziarat, they then returned to Mina to pass night there.
Hajj Day # 5: 12 ZH 1442 AH (23 Jul 2021 in Pakistan – Friday, Saudi Arabia one day behind):
Today is “3rd Yum-e-Rami” (3rd Day of Rami). Today Hajis again went to Jamrat to perform symbolic stoning of three satans (devils) in Mina. Then all Manasik Hajj (except Twaf-e-Wida, to be performed just before leaving Makkah) completed and return of Hajis to Makkah in their residences and hotels started today.
Note 1: Those Hajis who wanted to earn additional (optional) blessing, they maintained their stay in Mina today and passed night there. They will perform Rami following day in Mina before returning to their residences / hotels in Makkah.
Note 2: But if any Hajis today couldn’t leave Mina till sunset, then he would have to pass full night in Mina camp and will perform Rami (stoning of three satans in Jamrat) next day, after which they may return to Makkah.
Note 3: Those Hajis who couldn’t perform Twaf-e-Ziarat even yesterday, today was their last chance to go to Makkah and perform Twaf-e-Ziarat around Kaba. Failing to do so would cancel Hajj & all efforts null and void.
Hajj Additional Optional Day: 13 ZH 1442 AH (24 Jul 2021 in Pakistan – Saturday, Saudi Arabia one day behind):
Hajj 2021 had completed yesterday, and lot of Hajis returned to Makkah / their residences. However, today is optional and last day of Hajj Rami (stoning of three pillars representing satans in Jamrat, Mina). It is for those Hajis who stayed in Mina yesterday till sunset.
Today all remaining Hajis, after Rami, left Mina and Manasik Hajj of all Hajis completed today.
This description of Hajj 2021 was translated into English from Urdu by me, source is Urdu newspapers of Pakistan Express News.
Useful websites to keep update about Hajj are:
1–All Holidays in Saudi Arabia:- Click here
2–Hajj Requirements: (updated annually):- Click here
The Consular Section of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC has the honor to inform all Pilgrims that it will start issuing Hajj visas, which are granted gratis, from Mid-Shawwal until 29th Dhu Al-Qudah of each year. Hajj visas are not valid for work or residency. Click at the link above for further details.
3– Ministry of Religious Affairs, Pakistan:- Click here
This is the website of Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA), Govt of Pakistan. MORA is responsible for the pilgrimage beyond Pakistan, Muslims pilgrims visits to India for Ziarat and Saudi Arabia for Umra & Hajj. It is also responsible for the welfare and safety of pilgrims and zairines. Be sure to check out the flashing news in Events/Highlights section of home page. The main activities also include research based Islamic studies, holding of conferences, seminars ,training education of Ulemas and Khateebs , exchange of visits of scholars of Islamic learning with the liaison amongst foreign and international institutions.
4– King Abdul Aziz Public Library for Hajj:– Click here
This is official website from King Abdul Aziz Public Library for Hajj. It is in English, Arabic, Urdu and French languages. This website endeavors to provide a rich resource of text and media not only of the current work taking place but also of both historic and future plans of the Hajj expansion program, to provide pilgrims with a peaceful and safe spiritual journey to the heart of their Islam, the Hajj.
5–Official Hajj updates from Govt of Pakistan:– Click here
It is website from MORA, Govt of Pakistan with details about Hajj and its latest news and updates. Sometimes this website does not work properly, in this case, follow its parent MORA link already shown above.