It is the largest annual gathering of human beings on earth with approximately three million people gathering each year for three to five days between the eighth and 12th of dhul hijjah the last month of the muslim calendar. At this moment in mid august 15 million people from dozens of countries around the world are in mecca saudi arabia to perform the hajj the islamic religious pilgrimage.
Hj a pilgrimage.
Pilgrimage to mecca name. The hajj is a real pilgrimage a journey with rites and rituals to be done along the way. The hajj the five day annual pilgrimage undertaken by muslims to the holy city of mecca is currently underway. Its a huge event.
Sometimes also spelt hadj hadji or haj in english is an annual islamic pilgrimage to mecca saudi arabia the holiest city for muslimsit is a mandatory religious duty for muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the. Hajj is the name of a pilgrimage by muslims to mecca. Asked in history politics society saudi arabia mali empire who made a pilgrimage to mecca in 1342.
The journey to saudi arabia results in the worlds largest single gathering of. Mecca is also the birthplace of muhammad. The city is located 70 km 43 mi inland from jeddah in a narrow valley 277 m 909 ft above sea level and 340 kilometres 210 mi south of medinaits population in 2012 was 2 million although visitors more than triple this number every year during the ajj pilgrimage held in the twelfth muslim lunar month of.
The hajj h ae d. A pilgrimage is a journey often into an unknown or foreign place where a person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about the self others nature or a higher good through the experience. Mecca also spelled makkah is a city in the hejazi region of saudi arabia.
Mecca city located in the sirat mountains in western saudi arabia inland from the red sea coast. It can lead to a personal transformation after which the pilgrim returns to their daily life. You begin at a place just outside mecca called the miqat or entry station to the hajj.
It is the site of the kabah which is the holiest site in islam the central focus of the hajj pilgrimage and the direction of muslims daily prayers. In saudi arabia hed experienced what amounted to his second life changing epiphany as he accomplished the hajj or pilgrimage to mecca and discovered an authentic islam of universal respect and brotherhoodthe experience changed malcolms worldview. Hajj the religious pilgrimage performed in ritual stages in and around the holy city of mecca makka is required of muslims at least once during their lifetimes.