… leaves for Makkah on Saturday
The last batch of Lagos State pilgrims for the 2023 holy pilgrimage have completed the visitation (Ziyarah) to some Islamic historical sites in the city of Madinah.
The eleventh batch which consists of 171 pilgrims carried out the visitation between Thursday and Friday in fulfillment of the requirements for the performance of the spiritual exercise.
Some of the important sites visited by the pilgrims include, the Rawdoh (a specific prayer location for supplications in the Prophet Mosque and offering); Masjid Qubah (the first Mosque built on earth and where the first ever Jumat prayer was observed in the entire world) and Masjid Qiblataen (a Mosque with two Qiblas).
Others include, the Mountain of Hud, where the Prophet led a severe war against the disbelievers. The war led to the death of many companions including Sehidinah Hamzah. Over 70 of them were killed and buried at the site as a result of their disobedience to the instructions given to some of them by the Prophet not to leave where they were positioned to guide against the incursion of the disbelievers.
According to the Clerics, the essence of visiting the sites is for the pilgrims to see for themselves the efforts of the holy Prophet and his companions in the propagation of the religion of Islam; learn lessons about the effects of disobeying constituted authorities and offer prayers for him, his companions and the entire Muslim Ummah.
Meanwhile, the 171 pilgrims on the last flight would depart Madinah for Makkah on Saturday to begin the Hajj rites proper.
They are expected to put on the Ihram clothes (two pairs of white towel for the males and long gown for females) and declare their intention to perform Umrah at the Miqot.
On getting to Makkah, the pilgrims would proceed to the Masjid Al-Haram (Kaabah) to perform the Tawaf (circumbullation) and the Sae (Safa and Marwa) seven times.
Hajj al-Tamatt’u is the easiest way of performing Hajj. People who come to Saudi Arabia from other countries usually perform Hajj al-Tamatt’u. The Ihram they wear on or before Miqot is for Umrah first, after which they cut their hair and nails and change into their ordinary clothes.
On the eight of Zul-Hijjah, they put on Ihram for Hajj at their residence in Makkah and perform the rites of Hajj. It is taken off after the throwing of the first pebbles at the Jamarat which is the day of sacrifice (Eid-ul-Kabir).