What is Hajj?

Hajj in Islam is a sacred pilgrimage performed by Muslims at the holy mosque Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the five pillars of Islam and takes place during the month of Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth month in the Islam calendar.

As Muslims, undertaking Hajj in Islam – is a spiritual duty, as long as we are financially, physically and emotionally able to do so.

In the Holy Qur’an, Allah (SWT) commands us to take this sacred journey:

“You will enter the Sacred Masjid, God willing, perfectly secure, and you will cut your hair or shorten it (as you fulfil the pilgrimage rituals) there. You will not have any fear. Since He knew what you did not know, He has coupled this with an immediate victory.” (48:27)

For many people, undertaking this sacred pilgrimage is a once in a lifetime journey. It’s definitely an unforgettable one!



When is Hajj 2022?

The Hajj pilgrimage begins from the 8th of Dhul Hijjah. This year, it is expected to begin from Thursday 7th July 2022.

As Islam follows a lunar calendar, this date will vary each year.

How long is Hajj?

The Hajj pilgrimage is performed over five to six days, from the 8th to 12th or 13th of Dhul Hijjah.

What is Hajj in Islam?

A spiritual, emotional and physical challenge, Hajj in Islam offers the opportunity to refresh our spiritual self, to cleanse us of our sins and to renew our faith in Allah (SWT).

As Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever performs Hajj for the sake of Allah and does not utter any obscene speech or do any evil deed, will go back (free of sin) as his mother bore him.”
(Bukhari; Muslim)

However, with the physical challenges of each stage of Hajj and the spiritual rites, it’s important to prepare as much as possible before travelling.
That’s why we’ve prepared all the information you need in our Hajj guide to have the most spiritually rewarding, safe and secure journey possible!



What does Hajj mean?

Hajj means to go on a great journey.

How many days is Hajj?

Every year, the events of Hajj take place in a ten-day period, starting on 1 and ending on 10 Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and last month of the Islamic calendar.

Who is excused from Hajj?

Firstly, only Muslim adults (whether male or female) are required to perform Hajj. This means that, while children may go to Hajj, it is not required of them.

Secondly, the very weak, sick, elderly, or otherwise physically incapable Muslims are exempt from having to perform the pilgrimage.

Thirdly, the Muslim must be financially able to perform Hajj.

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