They will circle islams most sacred site the cube shaped kaaba in the saudi arabian city. Mecca to which muslims turn five times a day during prayer is the most important sacred place in the muslim world.
It occurs in the month of dhul.
What is pilgrimage to mecca in islam. In islamic terminology hajj is a pilgrimage made to the kaaba the house of allah in the sacred city of mecca in saudi arabia. It is so holy that no non muslim is allowed to enter. Hajj is above all a spiritual pilgrimage an act of worship towards god.
It is also a moment of excitement in the muslim world a factor of unity and exchange among muslims around the world. The annual pilgrimage to islams holiest site. Every year scores of devout muslims from around the globe make the trip to mecca saudi arabia to perform one of the five pillars of islam hajj.
Those verses spoken by muhammad during his time in mecca in the first half of his religious career reflect a significantly more moderate tolerant and. Around two million muslims from around the world are beginning the five day hajj pilgrimage on saturday. Meccas history impacted the holy text of islam the quran koran.
Muslims who arrive in mecca for their hajj pilgrimage march several times around the kabah as part of a ritual. Mecca is a place that is holy to all muslims. For muslims the hajj is the fifth and final pillar of islam.
The rites of hajj are performed over five or six days beginning on the eighth and ending on the thirteenth day of dhu al hijjah the last month of the islamic calendar.