Hajj 2018 is expected to begin in the evening of Sunday, 19 Aug 2018 and ends in the evening of Friday, 24 Aug 2018. Dates may vary, depending on moon sighting (Rowait Hilal). The Hajj occurs between the 8th ~ 12th of Zul-Hijjah (last month of the Islamic calendar). The Islamic day begins at sunset. The days of Hajj 2017 are estimated to be as follows:-
“Pre” Yaumut Tarwiyah = 07 ZH 1438 H = 19-Aug-2018 (Sunday).
Yaumut Tarwiyah = 08 ZH 1438 H = 20-Aug-2018 (Monday).
Yaumul Wuquf = 09 ZH 1438 H = 21-Aug-2018 (Tuesday).
Yaumun Nahr = 10 ZH 1438 H = 22-Aug-2018 (Wednesday).
Ayyamut Tashriq = 11-12 ZH 1438 H = 23-Aug~ 24-Aug-2018 (Thursday, Friday)
Additional Optional Day: 13 ZH 1438 H= 25-Aug-2018 (Saturday)
Some important dates before Hajj 2018 would be:
Nearly 100 days after 01 Ramzan is “Eid ul Azha” that is in Hajj Days.
Nearly 70 days after Eid ul Fitr is Eid ul Azha that is in Hajj Days.
Nearly 70 days between Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Azha are called Months of Hajj (Shawal, Zil Qaeda & first week of Zil Hajj). In months of Hajj; one can perform Umrah as first step of Hajj Tamatu.
Useful websites to keep update about Hajj 2018 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.