Around 2 million Muslims all around the world will be traveling to one place; Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Why, you ask? In Islam, every Muslim is required to fulfill 5 pillars as part of their religion.
Around 2 million Muslims all around the world will be traveling to one place; Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Why, you ask? In Islam, every Muslim is required to fulfill 5 pillars as part of their religion. And, preforming Hajj is one of the 5 pillars. Hajj means pilgrimage.
Hajj has been around for 14 centuries and is a religious pilgrimage for Muslims all around the world. Hajj occurs on the ninth day of the last month of the Islamic Calendar, Zil-Hajj. This year Hajj is occurring on October 14, 2013.
During Hajj you circle the Kaaba 7 times and walk between the 2 mountains Safa and Marwah, retracing the steps of Haggar, the wife of Prophet Abraham on her quest to quench the thirst of her son Prophet Ishmael. The Kaaba is better known as the House of Allah. It is very significant in Islam because all Muslims pray toward the Kaaba 5 times a day. The Kaaba was built by Prophet Abraham.
The best part of Hajj is definitely after Hajj. On October 15, Eid Al-Adha starts, which is basically a celebration for finishing Hajj!
Hajj is a requirement for Muslim adults of both gender but their children can accompany them as well. You can only go to Hajj if you are in good health, shape, and are financially capable to pay for the trip. Being fit is a key part of Hajj because you will be a part of a very long and hard journey that will only be easier if you are fit for it.
It is an inspiring journey and there is nothing like it. Going to Hajj is a long process but is worth it because it is the opportunity of a lifetime that all Muslims aspire to perform.