Pilgrimage to Makkah: Hajj

Hajj is a once in a lifetime obligation for all physically and financially able Muslims.

Hajj is comprised of a series of religious rites and prayers, held annually in commemoration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his eldest son, Ishmael, in obedience to Allah.

In the last month of the Muslim lunar year, pilgrims from all over the world from as far away as Indonesia, Russia, the U.S. and India congregate in Makkah to perform religious rites of Hajj. Pilgrims are required to wear simple clothing, which prevent noticeable distinctions based on wealth and status.

Hajj is a wonderful display of the unity and equality of mankind under one God.

More than 2 million Muslims attend Hajj each year.

The end of Hajj is marked with the second Muslim holiday, called 'Eid al-Adha. It is celebrated with a special prayer, followed by the distribution of freshly slaughtered meat to those in need.