Hajj and Umrah
Every year, millions of Muslims from around the world make the journey to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, for the annual pilgrimage (or Hajj). Dressed in the same simple white clothing to represent human equality, the pilgrims gather to perform rites dating back to the time of Ibrahim (Abraham) (peace be upon him).
It is one of the largest pilgrimages in the world and is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so.
"Hajj thereto is a duty mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the journey, but if any deny faith, Allah stands not in need of any of His creatures". [Noble Quran 3:97]
The Hajj occurs from the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar. Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the Gregorian date of the Hajj changes from year to year. Umrah however can be undertaken at any time of the year.
IFI and Hajj & Umrah
The Islamic Foundation of Ireland has been facilitating the performance of Hajj and Umrah for Muslims in Ireland for many years.