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Our Global Community: The Hajj (Annual Pilgrimage To Mecca)

In this week’s look at our global communities across the world, we look into the Hajj, which is the annual pilgrimage made by Muslims to the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Every year, millions of Muslims from across the globe travel to Mecca from wherever they live.

The pilgrimage takes place during Dhu’al-Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic calendar. This year, the Hajj will last from Thursday June 7th to Tuesday June 12th 2022.

Mecca is important to Muslims as it is where the Islamic religion began. It is where the Prophet Muhammad was born and where he received the first revelations from Allah [God].

In Mecca resides the Ka’bah, a huge cube-shaped structure constructed of grey stone and marble, built by the Prophet Abraham and his son.

Muslims pray in the direction of this building which is considered sacred and found within the Great Mosque.

Muslims go on the pilgrimage because Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, which are the five key acts which each Muslim is expected to carry out in their lifetime.

If they are physically able and can afford to do so, Muslims are required to make the journey to the city of Mecca in the Middle East at least once in their life.

During the pilgrimage, men must wear two sheets of white cloth while women must wear traditional clothing and are required to cover their head, but not their face. These traditional symbolise how all Muslims are equal before Allah.

In addition to the Hajj, the other pillars of Islam are:

  • Shahadah – A declaration of faith;
  • Salat – Muslims must pray at specific times per day;
  • Zakat – A portion of income must be given away to those in need;
  • Sawm – Fasting during Ramadan.

Our Global Community articles highlight our religious communities across the globe. Keep an eye out for future articles.

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