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(Pilgrimage) & Eid-ul-Adha
The Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. It is the fifth pillar of Islam.
1.5 billion Muslims around
the world, Muslim Americans
will celebrate Eid Al-Adha
(Festival of the Sacrifice)
on January 11, 2006. This
event occurs on the third
day of the Hajj.
Many American Muslims are joining millions of Muslims from around the
world in preparing to make a journey of a lifetime - the Hajj
(Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca).
basic rituals of Hajj last for
4 days during the 12th month
of the lunar Islamic calendar
area, an estimated total of 1,500 Muslims will
1st for Mecca (in Saudi Arabia). The group will
have recently embraced Islam, young and old,
men and women,
nationalities & backgrounds.
The pilgrims from America will
be part of the world’s
of the world.
week of January.
ul-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice)
is celebrated by Muslims
world-wide on the last day of the
Hajj. The Eid celebration begins
with a special prayer in the morning,
followed by a sermon. After the
sermon, Muslims are recommended
to sacrifice a lamb or goat, re-enacting
the story of Ibrahim (Abraham)
who was ready to sacrifice his
son in obedience to God.
American Muslims will leave
around January 1st. Expected dates
for Hajj are January 9th - January
12th. The expected date for Eid ul-Adha
is January 11th.
Eid prayers will be held
across all American Muslim Communities.
of the new
for the beginning
of Hajj, & therefore
Eid ul-Adha, may vary by one day.
(1) The ultimate
goal of Hajj
is the forgiveness of sin. The pilgrim journeys
as a humble
only 2 simple, white pieces of cloth, seeking
to God’s grace. The prophet
Muhammed said that a person who performs
Hajj properly "will
return as a
of all sins)."
of Muslims, representing
and symbolizes the remarkable
unity of Muslims.
Hajj also re-enacts
the story of Ibrahim (Abraham),
from the land of idols,
ready to sacrifice his son
in obedience to God’s
command, and who build the
first house of worship to
the one God.
The Hajj takes place
in the month of Zul-Hijjah, the
12th month of the lunar Islamic
calendar. The main rituals of the
Hajj take place for three days,
beginning on the 8th day of the
month, climaxing on the 9th day,
and ending on the 11th day. However,
pilgrims usually arrive about 1-2
weeks before the Hajj actually
starts, and they usually stay a
week afterwards in order to visit
the Prophet Muhammed's mosque in
As the fifth pillar of
Islam, every Muslim is obligated
to make pilgrimage at least once
in their life time as long as it
To Be Familiar With Before
A small, square (Ka’bah
means cube) building that was constructed
by Abraham and Isma’il (Ishmael),
and described in the Qur’an
(divine scripture, Final Testament,
and Islam’s holy book) as
the first house of worship dedicated
to the one God. Although the Ka’bah
is the place of pilgrimage, it
is not an object of worship. The
Ka’bah is covered by an elaborate
black covering with gold lettering.
The precincts of the Ka’bah
are a sanctuary
can be harmed.
Resting at the corner of
the Ka'bah, the Black Stone was one
of the original stones of the structure
built by Abraham, and is said to
have descended to earth from Paradise.
The Black Stone is not an object
Tawaf refers to circling
the Ka’bah. Upon arriving
at the Ka’bah, the pilgrim
circles the Ka’bah
in a counter
Hurrying between the small
hills of Safa
and Marwah. After tawaf the pilgrim proceeds
a short distance
to the adjoining
small hills of Safa and Marwah where the pilgrim
between the two hills, re-enacting the Biblical
story of Hagar’s
her son Ismail.
Making Hajj is a great
honor in the eyes of Muslims. Therefore,
Muslims who intend to make Hajj
are often made honored guests of
special dinners and seen off at
the airport by relatives, friends
and Masjid members. Upon their
return some mosques organize special
dinners, allowing the pilgrims
to recount their journey.
The state of ritual consecration
that the pilgrim
enters when he removes his worldly clothes and
pilgrim’s garb of 2 seamless,
white sheets. Women pilgrims do not
wear the white sheets. Instead they
wear dresses that are simple and
white. Pilgrims put on the Ihram
before entering Mecca, at which time
pilgrims begin the chant, "Here
I am at your service. O God Here
I am." The
of Ihram are
symbolic of the
used in Islamic
burials and also
of the brotherhood/sisterhood
of all Muslims.
While in Ihram,
harm any living
thing, cut the
hair or nails,
or have sexual
8th day of month, or
January 9th. On this day the pilgrims
leave Mecca and camp at Mina, which
is near Mecca.
9th day of month, or January
Day of Arafat. This day is the real climax of
at sunrise from Mina to the plain of Arafat where
spend the entire
day in earnest supplication and devotion. It
is a time of tears
At sunset the pilgrims move and camp at Muzdalifa,
is a site between
Mina and Arafat. (It is highly recommended for
around the world
to fast on the day of Arafat in spiritual union
who are standing on the plain of Arafat seeking
10th day of month, or
The pilgrims return to Mina on this day, and
7 pebbles at a stone pillar representing the
pilgrims sacrifice a sheep re-enacting the story
a sheep after he was prepared to sacrifice his
to God’s command.
In recent years the slaughtered
meat is airlifted to poor Muslim
countries. After the sacrifice,
the pilgrim returns to Mecca to
end the formal rituals of Hajj
by making tawaf and sa’i.
Most accounts of Hajj speak
of the great spiritual exaltation,
wonderment at the mind boggling diversity
of Muslims, and the extreme hardship
of the journey.
The Eid al-Adha (Festival
of the Sacrifice)
is a major religious event in the life of Muslims.
on the 10th day of Zul-Hijjah, or January 11th,
the same day that pilgrims
an animal. The Eid celebration begins with a
special prayer in
followed by a sermon. The theme of the Eid is
unconditional surrender to God. Afterwards or
on the following
a community celebration takes place that involves
gifts for children.
Each family is recommended
to sacrifice a lamb on the Eid as
a re-enactment of Ibrahim’s
sacrifice. The meat of the sacrifice
is divided up between one’s
family, relatives, or the Masjid
and the poor. In most instances today,
the actual sacrifice is done by a
trained butcher, although Muslims
often assist in the sacrifice.