Learn about the most important rituals of receiving pilgrims around the Arab world

Amman Today

publish date 1970-01-01 03:00:00

“Hajj” is an obligation, the mere mention of which makes one feel happy, as the celebration before going to perform the rituals of Hajj or after returning is called Hajj. Customs and traditions are preserved by everyone and inherited by generations. They carry medical effects and beautiful meanings in the hearts of people. Whether the celebrations are similar or different, there is the glorification and promotion of one of the rituals of religion.

In our report, we monitor the celebrations of Muslims in Arab countries to receive pilgrims.

celebrations in Egypt

Between banquets, remembrance and the sound of tambourines, the celebrations of the governorates of Egypt revolve around the return of the pilgrims, especially in the rural villages that retain their customs and traditions until now in light of the technology that has imposed itself within our civil society. The Holy Prophet, during his emigration from Mecca to Medina, painted folk art, the Kaaba and camels on the walls of houses in cheerful colors. The most important thing is to write the phrase “Hajj accepted and sin forgiven” on the walls of the pilgrim’s house. The pilgrim begins distributing gifts to those present, including a rosary, a prayer rug and Zamzam water.

Hajj ceremonies

Receiving pilgrims in Palestine and Jordan

The reception of pilgrims in Palestine and Jordan depends on cheerful decorations; Olive branches are placed on the walls of the houses, flags are raised with expressions of welcome to the pilgrims written on them, and palm fronds are among the most important things to celebrate the pilgrims.

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Al-Kilija is the most prominent ritual of receiving pilgrims in Iraq

In Iraq, the atmosphere of joy and religious chanting extends for long periods in celebration of the pilgrims. The pilgrim is greeted by a large procession of cars that roam the streets carrying the pilgrim’s relatives, friends, and neighbors, chanting popular songs and ululating to announce that they are on their way to the airport to receive the pilgrim. After returning, banquets and sacrifices are held to celebrate him.

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Receiving pilgrims in Lebanon and Syria

The celebrations are not much different from Egypt, but the customs of Lebanon and Syria are similar in receiving pilgrims. The houses of the pilgrims are decorated, signs welcoming the pilgrims are hung with verses from the Qur’an written on them, sacrifices are made, the pilgrims dip their fingers in the blood of the sacrifice and print it on the walls of the houses, and the meat is distributed to the poor..


The Yemeni Madrasa to receive pilgrims

In Yemen, a large swing made of tree wood called the “madrha” is erected in the garden of the pilgrim’s house about a month before he goes to the Holy Land, where the pilgrim’s family, neighbors, and companions swing on it, believing that it removes the dangers of the road from the pilgrim..

When the pilgrim returns from his journey, various flowers of jasmine and jasmine are scattered on him, and the ululation of women resounds everywhere, with the rich slaughtering the sheep whose meat is distributed to the poor.

Hajj in Yemen
Hajj in Yemen


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