More than two million people have descended on Makkah, Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year. Comparatively, 1,080,000 men and 780,000 women performed Hajj last year.
Most pilgrims for Hajj come from Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Nigeria in descending order.
Hajj or the annual pilgrimage to Makkah during the specific Islamic calendar dates in the month of Zulhijjah is considered one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam.
The first day of the six day Hajj journey commences on Wednesday 30 August ending on Monday 4 September and includes overnight stay in Mina followed by spending the day on 9 Zulhijjah at the plain of Arafah and by completing the rituals of rami, sacrifice, tawaf and sai during the rest of the days.
During the same period on 10 Zulhijja, Muslims in other parts of the world will be celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice commemorating Prophet Ibrahim (a) act of obedience to God’s command.
Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated largely on Friday 1 September throughout the world based on the global sighting of the crescent moon except in India, Pakistan and Iran where it will be celebrated on Saturday 2 September based on regional moonsighting.
The Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamad together with the Australian National Imams Council in a media release has declared Friday 1 September for Muslims to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha in Australia.
The overwhelming majority of Muslims in Australia will be, therefore, offering Eid-ul-Adha prayers on Friday 1 September while some mosques will organise Eid-ul-Adha prayers to be conducted on Saturday 2 September.
The celebrations for the feast of Eid-ul-Adha will continue from Friday well into the weekend with early morning prayers, sacrifice of animals, visits to family, friends, neighbours and backyard BBQs.
Many Muslims on this day visit the sick and elderly at their residence, hospitals or nursing homes as well as pay a visit to the cemetery to remember their loved ones who have passed away and pray for their salvation.