Know Hajj and Umrah interesting facts and figures. Hajj and Umrah the two most spiritual journeys that every Muslim aspires to take even once in a lifetime. There is a lot of information, rules, and regulations and of course do’s and don’ts that are associated with Hajj and Umrah to first ensure that they are performed in the right manner, and to also ensure your safety and security.
To get more acquainted with this complex ritual we have also gathered some facts and figures for your information.
Let’s know more about Hajj and Umrah
- Hajj is an Arabic word that means visiting.
- Nearly 3 million Muslims from all over the world visit Makkah every year to perform Hajj and the number is increasing.
- Al Kaaba was first built by Sayedna Adam, then Sayedna Ibrahim and his son Sayedna Ismail continued the building.
- Hajj season generates billions for Sauda Arabia
- In 2020 About 10,000 pilgrims only attended Hajj. The number of attendees is restricted because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Several of the primary rituals of the hajj involve the number seven.
- People used to perform Circumambulation (Tawaf) around Al Kaaba even before Islam. However, the rituals differed immensely.
- Jamarat are three walls located in close vicinity to each other that donate the exact spot where the devil, in human form, tried to mislead Prophet Ibrahim against following Allah’s instructions. Prophet Ibrahim rebuked him by throwing stones at him and he went away.
- Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) performed Umrah 4 times and Hajj once
- There are 3 types of Hajj; Hajj Ifrad, which is performed by the people living within the boundaries of Al Haram, Hajj Qiran, in which the pilgrim has to perform Umrah and Hajj in the same Ihram clothes, Hajj Tamattu, the pilgrim can perform Umrah first in Ihram and then take off his Ihram and intend another Ihram with new clothes for Hajj.
- Planes and birds can not fly over Al Kaaba because of the magnetic attraction and that’s why, in Saudi Arabia, there is no airport in the city of Mecca.
- 80% of pilgrims are not Arabic speakers.
There is nothing, but only the love for Allah, which gathers millions of Muslims from every part of the world to pray and perform Hajj with equality and patience.
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