When is Hajj 2014?
The 2014 Hajj will be starting sometime between October 2-4. Because of the Islamic lunar calendar, the exact start date cannot be determined in advance.
This is a time when some 3,000,000 Muslims from around the world will be making pilgrimage to Mecca.
To learn more about the Hajj, I’ve been watching Ali Gomaa. Ali Gomaa was the 18th Grand Mufti of Egypt, is a leading Islamic scholar and jurist, and taught for many years at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University—arguably the top Islamic University in the world. Ali Gomaa has been listed by the Jordanian Royal Islamic Studies Centre as the 10th most influential Muslim in the world out of its list of 500 people.
In this first video Sheikh Gomaa discusses the following questions bout the Hajj:
Is it necessary to perform ablution while traversing between Safa and Marwa mounts? Can a woman experiencing her menses circumambulate around the Ka’bah? If someone is traversing between the two mounts and he heard the call to the congregational prayer, should he continue traversing or pause to pray?
In this second video Sheikh Gomaa discusses the following questions bout the Hajj:
Is it permissible for the pilgrim to cover his head with a bag to avoid the heat of the sun? Is it permissible for the pilgrim to start traversing from the Marwa mount or should the Safa mount be the starting point? Is there a certain supplication recommended in each round? Should the pilgrims stand on the Mountain of Mercy in the day of ‘Arafah? Is spending the 8th night in Menah an obligatory act in hajj? What are the etiquettes of the day of ‘Arafah?
In this third video Sheikh Gomaa discusses the following questions bout the Hajj:
Is it permissible to join the noon and afternoon prayer at the day of ‘Arafat before the Imam deliver the sermon in Namira mosque? Can the pilgrim pray the sunset prayer in ‘Arafat before leaving to Muzdalifah? Is it necessary for the pilgrim to spend the night in Muzdalifah? What is the difference between Hady and Udhiyah?
In this fourth video Sheikh Gomaa discusses the following questions about the Hajj:
What is the right size of the pebbles required in stoning? What is the ruling of the pilgrims who stay behind after performing the ‘umrah of Ramadan until the time of Hajj and they don’t have Hajj visa? Is it allowed for the pilgrim to carry his luggage while he throws pebbles?
Hajj is one of the pinnacles of Muslim life. If you’d like to learn more about how hajj/pilgrimage is one the pinnacles of the Christian life, then comment below or contact me.