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
was started by Abraham after he and his elder son Ishmael constructed the Ka’bah
pilgrimage is obligatory upon only those Muslims who can afford the expenses and
withstand the rigors of the journey.
pilgrimage to the Ka’bah (Hajj) begins
on the 8th day of Dhul Hijjah (twelfth
month of the Islamic calendar) and lasts for five days.
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.
are the rituals of the pilgrimage:
- Going around the Ka’bah
seven times in an anti-clockwise manner.
- Walking briskly between the
hillocks of Safa and Marwah seven times to commemorate
the event when Hagar, the wife of Abraham ran between these two hillocks in search
of water for her thirsty infant son Ishmael.
- Standing at the plains of ‘Arafat
asking for forgiveness from God.
- Following the Abrahamic tradition
of stoning the Satan at Mina.
- Offering sacrifice to God.
- Trimming hair or shaving their
2 million Muslims of different nationalities, speaking different languages congregate for the pilgrimage to the Ka’bah
(Hajj) every year.
who are unable to make the pilgrimage, celebrate the event around the world as
‘Id Al Ad-ha (Festival of Sacrifice).