By Shane McGinley
Saudi official astronomers announce the dates following the sighting of the crescent moon
The hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the largest annual gathering in the world, will start on November 14, Saudi authorities reported on Saturday following the sighting of the crescent moon.
The official SPA news agency reported that official astronomers had confirmed the dates, which will mean the the Eid al Adha holy day and festival will start two days later on November 16.
The Haj is the world’s largest annual gathering and will see around 1.5m Muslims converge on the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in western Saudi Arabia.
Official holidays for the government and private sectors have yet to be announced.
Although Hajj is surely a very holy gathering, it is not the largest gathering in the world. Since the fall of Saddam, the gathering in Kerbala, Iraq on the day of Arbaeen (40 days after Ashura) in Safar is much larger; 5-7 million as a minimum estimation.
the one you mentioned does not represent Muslims from around the world in fact majority of Muslim world even don't know about it.
The fall of Saddam is honoured by Iraqis mostly and so goes the remaining of your list Mr. Ali. The Holy pilgrimage brings millions of muslims around the world as one community for Allah Al mighty. Absolutely no comparison. It is and inshallah will be the world meeting point always.
The event mentioned by Abu Ali does represent Muslims from around the world. Maybe what you meant was Muslims of all sects.