The Zil-Hajj moon was sighted on October 6, 2013 in Pakistan where as it appeared on the October 5 in Saudi Arabia. Hajj would, therefore, be performed on the October 14 and the Eid ul Azha on October 15th at Makkah, whereas in Pakistan Hajj will be observed on the 15th and Eid on the 16th consecutively. Hajj is something that cannot be performed anywhere in the world except Makkah.  Is it not very strange that we see it live being performed on our TV screens and yet we say, “Oh no, our Hajj shall be tomorrow and the Eid day after tomorrow?
We do it because we stick to the concept that Hajj can only be performed on the 10th of Zil-Hajj and in our case the 10th of Zil-Hajj falls a day or two later than it falls in the Saudi Arabia. I don’t know how we calculate our calendar? The holy Quran doesn’t say so anywhere. On the contrary the Holy Quran clearly says that Hajj can be performed at any time during ‘Special Sacred Months’ [Quran 2:197] Hajj shall be observed in the specified months. Pleas also refer to (2:197; 9:2, 36)., where it says,  Hajj shall be observed during the specified Sacred Months It is also clear from the Holy Quran that the four Sacred Months are continuous, and the Sacred Months and the regular months are not to be alternated Allah has said in the Holy Quran:
Will someone more knowledgeable than me please clarify the following for me, can we observe Hajj in Pakistan on a day other than it is observed at Makkah and consequently the Eid al Azha also on a day other than it is observed at Makkah? And can Hajj be performed at any time during the three or four special and sacred months, as ordained in Quran or not?
COL. RIAZ JAFRI (RETD),
Rawalpindi, October 6.