5 Facts You Need to Know About Hajj
Hajj is the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, which has recently passed. Last Hajj pilgrimage has more than a million pilgrims that arrived at the beginning. As it is one of the compulsory five pillars of Islam, all adults have to participate in the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime that requires most of the religious actions to be performed on 9th of the last Islamic month. There are many facts associated with this grand holy pilgrimage but following 5 facts will catch you a new!
• There were around 3 million people performing Hajj during 2012 in Saudi Arabia, after which, this figure is continuously increasing instead of decreasing. Although these people also include the natives of Saudi Arabia but they constitute around 64% of the total crowd. It is also highly surprising that this figure of pilgrims is recorded even after the restrictions of Hajj imposed by Saudi Arabia. If there are no strict restrictions for Hajj than this figure would rise by a great margin.
• Research studies on Hajj also affirmed that amongst of 39 countries, only a median of 9% have their natives been on the pilgrimage. In addition, countries closer to Saudi Arabia have higher number of natives, who have visited Ka’aba than the countries with distance to Mecca.
• The limited number of Hajj visas that are issues by Saudi government are free of cost but there are other expenses on Hajj, such as, accommodation, food, travel, etc. These costs should be covered by the specific Hajj travel service providers and pilgrims must accompany an approved travel agent.
• 7 is the most essential number during Hajj because most of the integral rituals of Hajj involve number 7. For example, Tawaf; which is the circling of Ka’aba (holiest place on earth) is done 7 times and pilgrims have to travel back and forth between the hills of Safa and Marwa 7 times.
• Hajj ends with one of the biggest festivals of Muslims, which is known as Eid-ul-Azha. This day is a holiday for Muslims, whether they are performing Hajj or not. Muslims all over the world sacrifice an animal and pilgrims sacrifice animals on the holy land of Mecca. Due to millions of pilgrims at the time of Hajj, there are millions of animals sacrificed on Hajj, meat of which is then given to poor states and needy people in Saudi Arabia.