The History Of The Islamic Hajj Pilgrimage
Staff Writer, Halal Incorp
Hajj: The Islamic faith is known as being a part of the Abrahamic (AS) faiths alongside Judaism and Christianity. As part of Muslim doctrine there are five main pillars associated with practicing the faith such as fasting. Another pillar in the Islamic faith is known as the Hajj. The Hajj is an annual pilgrimage which takes place around a couple of months after Ramadan. The Hajj pilgrimage normally occurs from the 8th onwards of Dhul al-Hijjah which is the final month in the Islamic calendar. Every Muslim who is able to make the journey i.e. has the financial capability and is not in debt should undertake the holy pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.
An Example Of Muslim Pilgrims Begining Rituals In Mecca Ahead Of Hajj
As Islam is a part of the Abrahamic (AS) faith the Hajj is undertaken in order to follow the footsteps of the Prophet Abraham (AS). When an individual arrives in Saudi Arabia the heartland of the Muslim world for Hajj, special clothing must be worn known as the ihram. The ihram clothing comprises of two white pieces of cloth which are wrapped around the body of a male pilgrim and women will often wear a niqab, abaya or jilbab. When the pilgrims enter this stage their spiritual journey begins. During the Hajj pilgrims must visit the two holiest cities in Islam Mecca, & Medina also known as the city of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). People performing the Hajj will circumnavigate the Holy Kabba by moving around in a cyclical motion as part of the early rituals required during the Hajj.
There are numerous rituals undertaken during the Hajj such as men shaving their heads symbolising a new beginning, sacrificial slaughter of an animal to remember the command Prophet Abraham (AS) received from God to sacrifice his son Ishmael (AS) but a lamb was sacrificed in his place through the mercy of God. Other rituals included running several times between the mountains al- Marwah and al- Safa to remember Hajar the wife of the Prophet Abraham (AS) who ran between the mountains searching for water and was granted the blessing of the Zam Zam well. Pilgrims also stone three pillars which represent Satan in the area of Mina. After the various practices related to the Hajj are complete and the sacrificial slaughter undertaken and meat distributed Eid ul Adha is celebrated to mark the end of the Hajj. All the people who undertake the holy pilgrimage are then initiated with the title Hajji for men and Hajjah for women as a sign of respect.
We decided to explore 30 pictures and images which relate to the Hajj:
30 Images & Pictures Delving Into The Hajj Journey
This Pakistani Man Walked From Karachi To Makkah For Hajj And It Is Unbelievable!
S.K, Pakistan: Being Muslims, following the mentioned protocol of our religion is an essential part of our lives. Our concrete belief and efforts to follow the five basic pillars of Islam is what separates us from the rest of the world. Shahadah, Namaz, Roza, Zakat and Hajj, all are essential to us.
In 2013, Arab and Pakistani media broke the news of something that we had not seen before. A Pakistani man walked from Karachi to Makkah for Hajj, travelling over 6000 kilometres in 117 days on foot. Somebody with a heart of a lion and immense love for Islam, Allah Almighty, and our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did the impossible.
Meet Kharlzada Kasrat Rai, who was 37 years old back in 2013. Kasrat did the impossible, walking from Karachi to Iran, then Iraq and later Jordan, before reaching Saudi Arabia travelling 6,387 kilometres. Kasrat started his journey on June 7 and reached KSA on October 1.
The devotion and idea behind traveling for Hajj on foot? Kasrat told the media back then that he had brought a mission of peace, which evidently our religion teaches. He wanted to highlight the soft image of Pakistan to the world, as in 2013, terrorism peaked in the country. Kasrat told Pakistani channel ARY News that he usually takes care of all the logistics before travelling, so while walking, he doesn’t face other issues.
This was not the first time Kasrat had walked with a message. Previously, he even did a short walk from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Karachi, for the same issue of highlighting the soft and innocent image of Pakistan to the world. As for the walk to Saudi Arabia, Rai told Al Arabya that: “I want peace in the entire world and I want the Islamic nations to unite like the European Union.” Further stating that he wanted to ‘condemn terrorism in all its manifestations’.
It doesn’t matter if the incident took place three years ago or thirty, the point is that achievements and people like these should not be forgotten. Kasrat Rai’s journey from Karachi teaches us resilience, motivation, love for our religion and that when Allah Almighty gives us the opportunity to travel to His House, we do not need airplanes to get there, as long as we have the feet he has blessed us with.
Kasrat’s immaculate journey needs to be highlighted again. The man who wanted to show a softer image of Islam and Pakistan to the world surely cannot be forgotten so easily.
Annual Hajj Pilgrimage Introduced to Tech Smart Wristbands Created By Lahore Based Startup Two Years Ago
Over the years due to the colossal amount of pilgrims who attend the Hajj there have been tragic incidents of stampedes and mass deaths and casualties. As the Saudi authorities have improved managing the Hajj period overtime which deals with millions of people annually new technology has also been introduced with the dawn of the digital age. Due to the vast numbers of pilgrims identity cards and lanyards are often used alongside other techniques to keep groups of people together.
However one team of budding entrepreneurs has now produced a new tech innovation developed around the concept of a smart wristband. The Pakistani based tech team has produced a piece of technology dubbed ‘Hajj Guider’. This wearable tech is useful as it allows for people two communicate with each other. The innovative product is the brain child of a Lahori start up. The smart wristband incorporates a battery life that can last a duration of five days before needing to be recharged. The spec includes a range for audio communication which spans between 2-4km, an offline navigation system as well as other intricate aspects. The smart wristband was originally perceived as a potential mobile app by co-founder Moeez Qadri until it was realised through research innovation that the idea would better suit wearable tech due to the nature of its purpose.
Wearable tech is a new phenomenon which has rapidly grown and is still growing in popularity often used by sports orientated individuals to help track performance stats such as miles travelled and calories burnt. The Lahori start up spotted a problem and a gap in the market and produced an innovative tech product to meet the challenges associated with large numbers of people congregating in one geographical area. The Hajj Guider is a unique piece of tech that is likely to prove popular over the coming years and may well be eventually used by large numbers of pilgrims attending the annual Hajj.
30 Hajj Images Compiled By Muneeb Hussain