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Introducing Islam
by Suhel Farooq Khan

Five Pillars of Islam
4th Pillar

Pilgrimage to the Ka'bah

Muslims are required to go for the Pilgrimage to the Ka’bah (Hajj) at least once in their lifetime.

The tradition of the Pilgrimage to the Ka’bah (Hajj) was started by Abraham (Ibrahim) after he and his elder son Ishmael (Ismail) (Peace be upon them), constructed the Ka’bah in Makkah.

This pilgrimage is obligatory upon only those Muslims who can afford the expenses and withstand the rigors of the journey.

The Pilgrimage to the Ka’bah (Hajj) begins on the 8th day of Dhul Hijjah (twelfth month of the Islamic calendar) every year, and lasts for five days.

During the pilgrimage, the male pilgrims wear a simple dress, consisting of two unstitched sheets of cotton, to cover the upper and lower portions of the body. This humble dress removes all signs of social differences. Ladies perform the pilgrimage in their usual Islamic attire.

Hajj pilgrims go around the Ka’bah seven times in an anti-clockwise manner, walk briskly between the hillocks of Safa and Marwah seven times, stand at the plains of ‘Arafat asking for forgiveness from God, stone the Satan at Mina, offer sacrifice to God, and either trim or shave their heads.

Over 3 million Muslims of different nationalities, speaking different languages congregate in Saudi Arabia for the Pilgrimage to the Ka’bah (Hajj) every year.

Muslims, who are unable to make the pilgrimage, celebrate the event around the world as Id al Ad-ha (Festival of Sacrifice) on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah.


Introducing Islam

What is Islam?

Who are Muslims?

Who is the God of Muslims?

What is the Qur-an?
Who was Muhammad (Peace be upon him)?
Do Muslims Worship Muhammad (Peace be upon him)?
What are the Tradition of Muhammad (Sunnah)?
The Concept of worship in Islam?
The Five Pillars of Islam
Declaration of Faith
Articles of Faith
Prayers (Salah)
Call for Prayers
Compulsory Charity (Zakah)
Pilgrimage to the Ka'bah (Hajj)
Fasting (Sawm)
The Islamic Calendar
Is Islam Rational
Status of Women in Islam
Polygamy in Islam
Does Islam teach violence?
What is Jihad?
Fundamentalism, Terrorism and Islam
Does Islam tolerate other religions?
Does Islam recognize Jesus?
Things forbidden in Islam
A Simple Test
How to revert back to

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