Hajj 2023 begins — expected to be the largest in history

6/26/2023 5:05 PM

The Hajj pilgrimage has began with crowds donning white robes and performing the arrival Tawaf (Tawaf Al Qudum) at Masjid Al Haram. 

Worshippers from all over the world are in Makkah as the city welcomes  the biggest Hajj pilgrimage since the coronavirus pandemic started. 

This year's pilgrimage is anticipated to set new records, with over 2.5 million pilgrims expected to participate.

“This year, we will witness the largest Hajj pilgrimage in history,” said an official at the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

On Sunday evening, Hujaj started to depart for Mina, around 5 miles from the Grand Mosque. Many more will make the journey on Monday after Fajr Salat.

At the height of the pandemic, Hajj was restricted to 1,000 domestic pilgrims. 

In 2021, numbers were limited to 60,000, and last year saw a million attend after foreign travellers were allowed to perform the pilgrimage for the first time since the pandemic. 

READ: The importance of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah

Islam Channel Hajj programming

Tune in to our TV and digital channels to watch our exclusive Hajj programming. 

Don't miss our daily show, "Live Hajj 2023," where you can immerse yourself in the experience of Hajj through Islam Channel's comprehensive coverage, including access to all the rites, interviews, and unique experiences.

Check out some of our content from this year's Hajj so far. 

How you can watch Islam Channel this Hajj

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