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HAJJ 2016 (1437 H) has been performed from 08 ZH 1437 H till 13 ZH 1437 H (11 Sep 2016 to 16 Sep 2016). Eid ul Azha @ 10 ZH was on 12 Sep 2016.
Hajj Day # 1: 08 ZH 1437 H (10 Sep 2016 – Saturday):
Today is “Yum-e-Tarvia” (Day of Tarvia). The Manasik of 1429th Hajj of Islamic History have started. Two million muslims from all over the world, are arriving today in Mina camps 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 more than two million 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 1437 H (11 Sep 2016 – Sunday):
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 (lecture) in Masjid Namra. Mufti Azam Sheikh Abdul Aziz couldn’t deliver Hajj khutba in Masjid Namra due to poor health, this year. He had been delivering Hajj khutba since 1981 (over 35 years) in Masjid Namra. Today, Imam Kaba Sheikh Abd ar Rehman As Sadis would deliver Hajj khutba.
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.
All Pakistani Hajis under Government scheme would travel via Masha’ir train to travel from Mina to Arafat. This distance of 18 km would be travelled in just 15 minutes. Pakistan Hajj mission in Makkah has detailed 1600 workers for cooperation, guidance and welfare of Pakistani Hajis. Today, two million Muslims from more than 200 countries of the world offered Hajj.
Hajj Day # 3: 10 ZH 1437 H (12 Sep 2016 – Monday):
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 Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries.
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), 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 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 1437 H (13 Sep 2016 – Tuesday):
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 1437 H (14 Sep 2016 – Wednesday):
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 Haji 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.
Hajj Additional Optional Day: 13 ZH 1437 H (15 Sep 2016 – Thursday):
Hajj 2016 had completed yesterday, and many 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.
Today was also 3rd last day of Eid al-Adha for Muslims all over the world. The end of the Hajj is marked by the three-day celebration of Eid al-Adha, an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. The days of Eid are days reserved for remembrance, eating and drinking.
British ambassador to Saudi Arabia completes Hajj pilgrimage after converting to Islam. Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia has been inundated with congratulations from across the Islamic world after it emerged that he converted to Islam and carried out the first Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca ever performed by a senior UK diplomat. The conversion of Simon Collis, the UK envoy to Riyadh, became public after pictures posted on Twitter showed him and his wife Huda wearing the traditional white garments of Muslim pilgrims in front of the British consulate in Mecca.
The 60-year-old diplomat, who speaks fluent Arabic, confirmed the news in response to messages on Twitter. “God bless you. In brief: I converted to Islam after 30 years of living in Muslim societies and before marrying Huda,” he wrote.
He is deployed in Saudi Arabia since the year 2015. He had been working at various appointments in Syria, Iraq and Qatar from Ministry of foreign affairs. He also served as British Council general in Tunis, Delhi and Oman.
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