The Hajj ( Arabic: حَجّ Ḥaǧǧ “pilgrimage“) is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the most holy city for Muslims, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, alongside Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, and Sawm. The Hajj is the largest annual gathering of people in the world. The state of being physically and financially capable of performing the Hajj is called istita’ah, and a Muslim who fulfills this condition is called a mustati. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God (Allah). The word Hajj means “to intend a journey”, which connotes both the outward act of a journey and the inward act of intentions.
The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th (or in some cases 13th) of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. This year the Hajj is being
observed on Sunday, August 19th, (Dhul Hijjah 9, 1439) with the Eid ul Adha, The Day of Sacrifice being celebrated on Tuesday, August 21nd (Dhul Hijjah 11, 1439).
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Because the Islamic calendar is lunar and the Islamic year is about eleven days shorter than the Gregorian year, the Gregorian date of Hajj changes from year to year. Ihram is the name given to the special spiritual state in which pilgrims wear two white sheets of seamless cloth and abstain from certain actions.
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Conveners of Imams
Associated with The Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed
Statement on the Start of Ramadan 2018
As-Salaamu-Alaikum! As you may be aware, the hilal (new crescent moon) beginning the month of Sha’ban was sighted throughout the world and in North America on the night of April 16, 2018. Current astronomical projections indicate the month of Sha’ban is expected to run the full thirty days (through the day of May 16th). In addition, the hilal of the month of Ramadan is also projected for the evening of May 16th. As a result, the beginning night of the month of Ramadan is projected for Wednesday, May 16, 2018, with Thursday, May 17th as the first day of fasting.
MUSLIM AMERICAN COMMUNITY RVA AT MASJID BILAL
will began the fast of Ramadan on Thurs May 17th
with Taraweeh Prayers held nightly following Ishaa starting Wed May 16th.
Iftars will be hosted at Masjid Bilal Saturday evenings 8pm
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By tradition, however, Muslims around the world will be searching for the hilal th starting Tuesday evening, May 15th. In the continental USA, members of the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed will be out searching shortly after sunset on Tuesday evening. If the moon is sighted with the naked eye, please contact your local Imam who should then notify their Section Convener with the details of the sighting. We will announce sightings on our website: www.iwdmcommunity.com. While it is unlikely, if a credible eye sighting (including picture, location, and person) occurs on Tuesday night (May 15th) within the continental USA, the first day of fasting will start on May 16th.
The Section Conveners of Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed adhere to the general principle of local sighting (within the continental USA) with the naked eye. We also use Allah’s gift of science to help pinpoint when and where naked eye sightings are most probable to occur.
Wherever Muslims are in the world, we pray that you have a blessed and beneficial Ramadan as a result of your intentions, fasting, prayers, Qur’anic reading, charity, discipline, and your gathering with other believers!