Featured image shows pilgrims for Hajj 2022 performing Fajr, the dawn prayer, on Saturday, July 22, at the Masjidil Haram (Grand Mosque) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (Credit: Saudi TV on YouTube)
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(SDN) — The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has declared July 9, 2022 as the first day Eidl’ Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice celebrated annually at the climax of Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah.
Eid’l Adha is a regular holiday in the Philippines, the date of which to be declared by Malacañang on recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).
Eid’l Adha, which harkens back to the story of the Patriarch Abraham (Ibrahim in Islam) of his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael on God’s command, will be celebrated in the Kingdom for three days, but the holidays to start on July 8, the day of Uqof (Standing in Arafat), the paramount ritual of the Hajj, in the plains of Arafat.
Around one million people from within and outside the Kingdom, including over 4,000 Filipinos, are performing the pilgrimage this year, the most number of pilgrims since the 1,000 in 2020 and 60,000 in 2021 because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Saudi Arabia has been limiting (around 2.5 million pilgrims iin 2019) participants to the religious activity to prevent coronavirus disease (Covid-19) transmission and spread.
The Kingdom’s Supreme Court per Saudi Gazette newspaper announced that Standing in Arafat will be performed on July 8. This means the Hajj will start on July 7 and concludes on July 12. Hajj is performed for five, or six days.
At the start of the pilgrimage the pilgrims with the men all clad with white unsewn clothes as symbol of purity will take off from Makkah (Mecca) on the way to Arafat; many of them though prefer to stay overnight in the Tent City of Mina before proceeding to Arafat.
Every year the Hajj is performed always from the 8th to 12 of Dhul al-Hijjah, which this year of Hijri (the Islamic lunar calendar) corresponds to July 7 to 12, 2022. Dhul al-Hijjah is last and 12th month of Hijri.
When it comes to the dates of the Hajj, including Eid’l Adha, Saudi Arabia is followed by Muslims acrooss the globe, unlike Ramadan when Muslims are not totally in synchronicity. (EKU)