Hajj – When is it?

The days of Hajj are from the 8th to 13th of Dhul-Hijjah (the twelfth & last month of the Islamic calendar). A brief description of each day is as follows:

# Dhul-Hijjah Day Known As Meaning
1 8th Yaumut-Tarweya Day of Quenching
2 9th Wuqoof-bil-Arafat Standing at Arafat
3 10th Yaumun-Nahr; Yaumul-Eid; Yaumul-Hajjil-Akbar Day of Sacrifice; Day of Eid (Eidul-Adha); Greatest day of Hajj
4 11th Ayaamut-Tashreek Days of drying of the meat
5 12th Ayaamut-Tashreek Days of drying of the meat
6 13th Ayaamut-Tashreek Days of drying of the meat
  • Hajj may be performed in either 4, 5 or 6 days
    • 4 days – 9th (Arafat) until the 12th (Mina)
    • 5 days – 8th (Mina) until the 12th (Mina)
    • 5 days – 9th (Arafat) until the 13th (Mina)
    • 6 days – 8th (Mina) until the 13th (Mina)
  • 5 days (8th to 12th) appears to be the most common package available today
  • 6 days (8th to 13th) is the way the Prophet (pbuh) performed Hajj


  1. “Getting the Best out of Al-Hajj (Pilgrimage)”,  By Abu Muneer Ismail Davids, Published by Darussalam, Second Edition – August, 2006, Pg. 285


  1. pbuh = Peace be upon him

Hajj – What is it?

Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca (in Saudi Arabia).

  • Literally “Hajj” means “to set out for a place”. For a Muslim, that place is the Holy City of Makkah (Mecca)
  • The pilgrimage involves performing certain rites/actions at certain places at specific times
  • Hajj is a pillar of Islam
  • The performance of Hajj is obligatory, at least once in a lifetime, upon every Muslim, male or female, who is mentally, financially and physically fit.

As Hajj is nearly here (for this year) I will try to put together a series of Hajj related posts – so stay tuned 🙂


  1. “The Translation of the Meanings of Sahih Al-Bukhari”. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan. Darussalam. July, 2007. Volume 9,  pg 408
  2. Ministry of Hajj – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Official site) [Link]
  3. “Islam in Focus”. By Hammudah Abdalati. Da’wah Academy International Islamic University. Pg 99

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