Dhul Hijjah month is the last month and the fifth pillar of Islam. It is a journey towards Allah. The pilgrimage starts on the seventh day of Dhul Hijjah month and ends on the twelve-day.
Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said:
“One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship of ‘Laylatul Qadr’.
How to perform hajj:
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said:
“O people! Allah has prescribed Hajj upon you, so perform it.“
A man questioned:
“Every year, O Messenger of Allah?”
Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said:
“Had I answered in the affirmative, it would have become a (yearly) obligation, and this would have been beyond your capacity.”
then He said:
“Leave me alone so long as I leave you alone (i.e. do not ask questions about things I didn’t mention). What caused the destruction of the people prior to you was that they used to ask so many questions, and disagree with their Prophets. So when I command you to do something, do it to the extent of your ability, and if I forbid you from doing something, avoid it.”
Another hadith, Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said:
“O people! Learn from me the way how to perform your Hajj rituals for I do not know if I will be able to make Hajj next year or not.”
The month of Dhul Hijjah
The Dhul Hijjah month is a great month of collecting Allah’s blessings by offering as many prayers as you can. On the seventh of Dhul-Ḥajj, the pilgrims are helped to remember their obligations. At the second phase of the ritual, which happens between the eighth and the twelfth days of the Dhul Hijjah month, the pilgrims visit the holy places outside Mecca—Jabal al-Raḥmah, Muzdalifah, Minah—and sacrifices an animal in remembrance of Abraham’.
The pilgrim’s head is then usually shaved, and, after throwing seven stones at each of the three pillars at Minah on three days, the pilgrim shaved and cut their hair from the head. And After that, they return to Mecca and perform ṭawaf, or circling around the Kaaba before leaving the city.
On the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah month, the pilgrimages go to the land of Arafat, which is six miles away from Makkah and Madina. On the plain of Arafat, they perform the most important part of Dhul Hijjah which is known as ‘Wuqoof of Arafat’ (the stay in Arafat).
Those Muslims who are not performing Hajj on Dhul Hijjah month. But they can fast on that ninth day of Dhul Hijjah month according to their own calendar. Because the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah falls on different days in different nations as indicated by the locating of the moon.
According to the Hadiths, the fast on the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah month is the cause of forgiveness for sins committed in one year.
From the Fajr of the ninth Dhul Hijjah month to the thirteen Dhul Hijjah. It is compulsory for every Muslim to recite “Takbir-ut-Tashreeq”.
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,
La Illaha Illallahu, Wallahu Akbar,
Allahu Akbar wa Lillahilhamd.
(Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest.
There is no God except Allah and Allah is the greatest.
Allah is the Greatest and to Him belongs all praise.
The reward for who perform Hajj in Dhul Hijjah month:
“Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit any obscenity or transgression shall return [free from sins] as he was on the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Al-Bukhari)
Great Opportunity to collect blessings of Allah:
The times of Hajj are exceptionally unique. The blessings of Allah are not limited to those performing Hajj only. It is a season of goodness for everybody.
Holy Prophet (SAW) said:
“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.
“Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?”
“Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out, giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah), and came back with nothing.” (Al-Bukhari)
Every year, more than two million Muslims perform Hajj. And this number is increasing every year in Dhul Hijjah month.
May Allah Give us the opportunity to perform Hajj (Ameen).