Hajj At Home
As we are coming to the end of the Islamic year, many Muslims around the world are preparing for Eid al-Adha, thinking of delicious meals to cook up and finding the perfect dress to wear on the joyous day. For us moms, it is also the perfect time to teach our kids about Hajj as our fellow brothers and sisters embark on their spiritual journey to get closer to Allah SWT. Perhaps even we too need a refresher on this key part of our faith! Before teaching your kids about Hajj, you should teach them about the story of Prophet Ibrahim and his son Prophet Ismail SAW if you haven’t yet, it will help tremendously when explaining the steps.
State of Ihram
You must be in your most purified and devoted state before starting Hajj. You must wash yourself thoroughly and wear clean clothes before entering the holy city of Mecca. This is when you will be the closest to Allah SWT before you meet Him on the Day of Judgement, so you want to be your best.
Tawaf and Sa’ya
Tawaf is the circling around the Ka’bah counterclockwise seven times. Sa’ya is the running between the two hills Safa and Marwa seven times to commemorate Hajar’s search for water for Prophet Ismail SAW.
Day of Arafat
This is the next day when the pilgrims wake up early in the morning to make the journey to the Plain of Arafat, the place where the Prophet Muhammad SAW gave his final sermon. The pilgrims spend the entire day from sunrise to sunset either standing or sitting in prayer, asking for forgiveness.
Before going to sleep or the next day in the morning the pilgrims will gather together 49 pebbles. These pebbles will be used to throw at the 3 pillars at Jamarat. The pillars represent the temptations of shaitan, and by throwing the pebbles pilgrims are signifying the resistance against temptation.
Muslims all around the world, not just the pilgrims make an animal sacrifice just like what Prophet Ibrahim SAW did when Allah SWT told him to instead of sacrificing Ismail SAW. This is why Eid al-Adha is the “Festival of Sacrifice”
Tawaf and Sa’ya (again)
After the pilgrims return back to Mecca, they will drink the zamzam water and perform tawaf and sa’ya again.
Most Muslims don’t do Hajj every single year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do more spiritually before the holy day of Eid al-Adha. It is highly recommended to fast the first 9 days before Eid, especially on the day of Arfat. But most of all, make sure to enjoy Eid to the fullest with your friends and family!