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Full Name: Riaz Jafri
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The Hajj Date


Today is Monday August the 5th and 3rd of Zil Hajj in Pakistan.  All are looking forward to Eid al Azha, which is expected – nay – now established to fall on 12th of August 2019 that is; 10th of Zil Hajj. Whereas, the ACTUAL Hajj will be performed at Makkah e Mukarrama on 11th of August! We shall see it being performed and listen to Khutba at Arafaat live on our tv screens but standing with folded arms we shall say, “No, our Hajj shall be tomorrow”!  How do we say our Hajj shall be tomorrow??  Can we in Pakistan or anywhere else in the world perform Hajj locally, say for the Pindites by going to Barri Imam and having the twaaf there or the Lahorites doing it at Data Ganj Bukhsh mizar? Hajj cannot be performed anywhere else in the world except at Makkah. PERIOD.  Now, why do we say that our Hajj shall be tomorrow is just because we stick to the lunar date of 10 Zil Hajj, which ! is normally NOT the same as in Saudi Arabia.  Isn’t it something very strange that we see something happening but say No, we shall do it tomorrow?  Do it where and how?  Obviously it is due to our sticking to the date 10 Zil Hajj, which I don’t wherefrom we have gotten it. There is no mention of it in Qura’n. On the contrary the Qura’n says, “you know the monthS of Hajj” which are mentioned to be more than 2 as the word used in Quran is “Asharun” and not Ashahr (one month) or Ashahrain (two months), and Asharun  denotes more than 2 months and it could be 3 or 4. That means Hajj could be performed in more than 2 months.  But that is a separate debate.  For here, how do we perform our Hajj on the dates falling locally, as it cannot be performed anywhere else in the world other than in Makkah?


We can observe our other events like Ramazdan, Eid ul Fitr, Muharram etc. according to our local lunar dates but not Hajj which irrespective of the local lunar date, whether it be 11th or 9th or 8th of local Zil Hajj,  should be performed on the 10th of Zil Hajj of Makkah when it is being ACTUALLY performed.


Hope the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Islamic Ideological Council take a note of it.



Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)   

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