Over sixty thousand Nigerian Pilgrims today joined their Muslims counterpart to formally begin this year’s Hajj exercise
Written by Uthy on August 10, 2019
Over sixty thousand Nigerian Pilgrims today joined their Muslims counterpart to formally begin this year’s Hajj exercise which is the eighth day of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, forteen forty AH of the Islamic lunar calendar, by putting on the two garments of Ihraam and making intention to perform Hajj.
As expected, the Pilgrims are in Muna to observe Dhuhr, ‘Asr, Maghrib, ‘Ishai and Fajr prayers at their specific times, shortening those which are four units rak’ahs to two but without combining them.
Tomorrow, which is the ninth day of the twelfth month of Islamic calendar, known as the Day of ‘Arafah, the pilgrims will proceed towards ‘Arafaat in a dignified manner.
At ‘Arafah, they will observe Dhuhr and ‘Asr prayers by shortening and combining them during the time of Dhuhr.
When the sun has set, the over two million pilgrims performing Hajj this year will proceed towards Muzdalifah where they will combine the Maghrib and ‘Ishai prayers, shortening the ‘Ishai to two units.
They will stay at Muzdalifah until they have observed the Fajr prayer and remain there until the brightness of the morning becomes apparent though before sunrise.
Also at Muzdalifah, the pilgrims are required to pick up seven pebbles to throw at the stone pillar of ‘Aqabah in Muna.
Speaking on a telephone interview with our Correspondent, Abdulrosheed Okiki on the importance of the Arafah day, a Professor of Islamic Studies, Badmus Lanre Yusuf said the day is significant to those performing Hajj and Muslims across the world.
He said anyone who misses the Arafah would have his or her Hajj invalidated.
Professor Badmus who was a one time Commissioner in the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) urged Muslims who are not in the holy land to use the day to offer supplications.
WRITTEN BY ABDULROSHEED OKIKI @okikitweets