Kwara will fly the first group of pilgrims for the 2023 Hajj on May 26


The first group of prospective pilgrims from the state, according to the Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, will be airlifted to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on May 26.

Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdukadri, the executive secretary of the board, made this announcement during the enlightenment session for prospective pilgrims held at Gerewu in the Adewole Area of Ilorin.

He announced that the bags and uniforms would start to be distributed on May 24.

The pilgrims would receive vaccinations on May 23, the executive scribe continued.

Abdulkadri asked the prospective pilgrims to follow the law and go there with the goal of serving God.

However, he forbade them from taking any actions that may damage Nigeria's reputation.

He said, "We enjoin you to avoid fighting with anyone, to avoid wearing indecently, and to avoid using abusive language in the holy country.

In addition, while in Nigeria and the holy land, Dr. Abdulkadir Sambaki recommended prospective pilgrims to follow the law and have Allah in the forefront of their minds at all times.

There is no tolerance for disobedience for any intended pilgrims, he stated, therefore they should adhere by Saudi Arabian and Nigerian laws.

3,740 pilgrims from the state, according to him, would perform the Hajj this year.

They were also advised not to travel to Saudi Arabia with illegal narcotics by Hajia Abibat Babaita, the officer in charge of the state National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Ilorin airport.

She pleaded with them to refrain from traveling to Saudi Arabia with illegal substances like cocaine, lexotan, and tramadol, among others.

Babaita advised anyone planning to make a pilgrimage who takes prescribed medication to bring a doctor's note and not to travel with a commercial supply.

In his lecture, Justice Abdullateef Kamaldeen, the Grand Khadi of Kwara, instructed all aspiring pilgrims to handover any property stored in their care before traveling to Saudi Arabia, claiming that the decision to return from the voyage is in God's hands.

Additionally, Kamaldeen advised them to settle their obligations or record it for their family. Before performing the Hajj, the Grand Khadi also urged them to resolve any differences they may have with anyone. (NAN)

The Hajj (/hd/; The yearly Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest place for Muslims, is known by the Arabic word ajj (sometimes spelt Hadj, Hadji, or Haj in English). All adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of making the pilgrimage and supporting their family while they are away from home are required to perform the Hajj at least once in their lives.

A pilgrimage known as the Hajj is performed to the Kaaba, also known as the "House of Allah," in the Saudi Arabian holy city of Mecca. Along with the Shahadah (oath to Allah and Muhammad "The messenger of Allah"), salat (prayer), zakat (almsgiving), and sawm (Ramadan fasting), it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. the Hajj a yearly ritual that serves to demonstrate Muslim brotherhood, support for other Muslims, and fulfillment of submission to God (Allah).The name Hajj, which denotes both the external act of a voyage after death and the inner act of good intentions, meaning "pilgrimage made to the Kaaba," a lengthy holy journey done by Muslims to purge their souls of all worldly sins.The pilgrimage rituals are carried out over a period of five to six days, from the eighth to the twelfth or thirteenth[9] of Dhu al-Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic calendar. The Gregorian date of Hajj varies every year since the Islamic calendar is lunar and the Islamic year is about eleven days shorter than the Gregorian year. In Dhu al-Hijjah in the year 2023 AD (1444 AH) runs from June 19 to July 18.

The Hajj is linked to the life of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, who lived in the seventh century AD, but Muslim texts claim that the tradition of pilgrimage to Mecca dates back to Abraham. During the Hajj, pilgrims join procession of millions of Muslims who simultaneously arrive in Mecca for the week of the Hajj and perform a number of pre-Islamic rituals (reformed by Muhammad): each person wears a single item of unstitched white clothing (Ihram), walks seven times counter-clockwise around the Kaaba (a cube-shaped structure and the direction of prayer for Muslims), kisses the black stone mounted on the corner wall of the Kaaba, walks quickly seven times, followed by a drink from the Zamzam Goes to the Mount Arafat plains to keep watch, spends the night on the Muzdalifa plain, and carries out a symbolic Stoning of the Devil by hurling stones at three pillars. After offering a cow (which can be done with a voucher), the pilgrims must either shave or trim their heads (if they are male) or cut the ends of their hair (if they are female). The subsequent four-day global feast of Eid al-Adha is celebrated. Muslims can travel to Mecca on an umrah, or "lesser pilgrimage," at various times of the year. The Umrah, however, is not a replacement for the Hajj, and Muslims are e still required, if they have the resources, to perform the Hajj at some later point in their lives.

The official figures released from 2000 and 2019 indicateThe average annual attendance is 2,269,145, of which 671,983 are locals and 1,564,710 are visitors from outside Saudi Arabia. With 3,161,573 participants, the year 2012 had the most. The Saudi government declared in June 2020 that because to the global COVID-19 pandemic, they would only accept "very limited numbers" of pilgrims who were Saudi Arabian citizens. However, they would not completely cancel the Hajj. In 2021, the same regulations were in place, but women were allowed to attend without a male guardian (mehrem) so long as they travelled with a reliable group.


The Hebrew letter ag (which means "holiday" and is derived from the triliteral Semitic root --) and the Arabic letter [aed, ] both signify "holiday." Every holiday brought a sacrificial feast to the Temple. Similar to this, Muslims who perform the Hajj in Mecca are required to go around the Kaaba and make sacrifices.

During the Hajj, the Kaaba

Muhammad developed the Hajj ritual as it is practiced today. However, the Quran claims that some aspects of the Hajj date back to the time of Abraham. Abraham was commanded by God to leave his wife Hajar and his son, according to Islamic tradition. 

In the desert of prehistoric Mecca, Ishmael was by himself. Hajar frantically rushed between Safa and Marwah's two hills seven times in search of water but came up empty-handed. As she dejectedly made her way back to Ishmael, she noticed the infant scraping the ground with his leg as a fountain of water appeared under his foot. Later, Abraham received instructions to construct the Kaaba and invite people to make pilgrimages there, which he did with Ishmael's assistance. Verses 2:124–127 and 22:27–30 of the Qur'an make mention to these instances.[n 1] There is a legend that the Kaaba's Black Stone was brought from Heaven by the archangel Gabriel.

The Kaaba was encircled by pagan idols during pre-Islamic Arabia, often known as the Age of Ignorance. In In the year 630 AD, Muhammad led his adherents from Medina to Mecca, where they purified the Kaaba by removing all the pagan idols before dedicating the structure to God.[26] With a sizable group of followers, Muhammad made his one and only journey in 632 AD and gave them instructions on the Hajj rituals. From this time forward, Hajj became one of Islam's five pillars.

In the Middle Ages, pilgrims would congregate in the major cities of Syria, Egypt, and Iraq to go to Mecca in bands and caravans that frequently had the support of the state Hajj caravans were escorted by a military detachment that was accompanied by doctors under the Mamluk Sultanate and its successor, the Ottoman Empire.

command of an al-Hajj amir. In order to keep the caravan safe from Bedouin raiders or natural disasters,[n 2] this was done.and to make certain that the pilgrims have access to the essential supplies. Muslim pilgrims from the Middle Ages, such as Ibn Jubayr and Ibn Battuta, left behind detailed descriptions of their hajj trips.The caravans traveled over established routes known as darb al-hajj (Arabic for "pilgrimage road"), which frequently followed historic routes like the King's Highway.

Date of Hajj

The Islamic calendar, also known as the Hijri calendar or AH, which is based on the lunar year, determines the date of Hajj. The Hajj festivities continue ten days each year, beginning on January 1 and finishing on October 10 of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar. The ninth Dhul-Hijjah, also known as the Day of Arafah or the Day of Hajj, is one of these ten days. The Gregorian date for Hajj varies from year to year since the Islamic calendar is lunar and the Islamic year is approximately eleven days shorter than the Gregorian year. As a result, the pilgrimage begins eleven days (sometimes 10 days) earlier each year according to the Gregorian calendar. This enables the Hajj season to occur twice in one Gregorian year, which happens once every 33 years. The most recent occurrence of this phenomena was in 2006.

The dates in the table below correspond to 9 Dhul-Hijjah in the Hijri calendar, and they represent the Hajj in recent years. Dates in the future are merely estimates:

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