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A supplicating pilgrim in Masjid al-Haram, the mosque which was built about the Kaaba (" cube" ), (the building at center). In this image of the Hajj from the year 2003, thousands of pilgrims are walking around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction (Tawaf).

The Hajj(Arabic: حج‎ Ḥajj) is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the most significant annual pilgrimages in the world, and is also the sixth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least one time in their life-time by every single able-bodied Muslim who can find the money for to do so. The Hajj is a demonstration from the solidarity from the Muslim persons, and their submission to The almighty (Allah in the Arabic language). The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th day time of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and last month with the Islamic calendar. Because the Islamic calendar is known as a lunar work schedule, eleven days shorter than the Gregorian calendar used in the Western world, the Gregorian date of the Hajj changes via year to year. Ihram is the name given to the unique state in which Muslims live while on the pilgrimage. The Hajj is definitely associated with the life of Islamic prophet Muhammad from the 7th century, but the ritual of pilgrimage to Mecca is regarded as by Muslims to expand back many years to the time of Abraham (Ibrahim). Pilgrims become a member of processions of hundreds of thousands of folks, who at the same time converge upon Mecca intended for the week of the Hajj, and perform a series of rituals: Each person moves counter-clockwise eight times surrounding the Kaaba, the cube-shaped building which will act as the Muslim direction of prayer, operates back and forth between hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah, beverages from the Zamzam Well, goes toward the flatlands of Attach Arafat to stand in vigil, and tosses stones in a ritual Stoning of the Satan. The pilgrims then shave their brain, perform a ritual of creature sacrifice, and celebrate three day global festival of Eid al-Adha. History:

The Hajj is based on a pilgrimage that was historical even inside the time of Muhammad in the seventh Century. In accordance to Hadith, elements of the Hajj trace back to time of Abraham (Ibrahim), around 2000 BCE. It is assumed that the Abraham was ordered by The almighty to leave his better half Hagar (Hājar) and his infant son Ishmael (ʼIsmāʻīl) alone in the wilderness. While having been gone, your child became parched, and Hagar ran backwards and forwards seven instances searching for water for her boy. The baby cried and strike the ground along with his foot (some versions with the story admit the angel Gabriel (Jibral) scraped his foot or the tip of his wing along the ground), and water miraculously sprang forth. This kind of source of water is today called the Well of Zamzam. Just before Muhammad's era, each year people from all around the Arabian Peninsula would are staying on Great place, as part of the pilgrimage. The exact faith of the people was not essential at that time, and Christian Middle easterns were since likely to associated with pilgrimage because the pagans. Muslim historians refer to enough time before Muhammad as jahiliyyah, the " Days of Ignorance", during which the Kaaba covered hundreds of idols – totems of each and every of the tribes of the Arabian Peninsula, with idols of pagan gods such as Hubal, al-Lat, Al-‘Uzzá and Manat, and also several representing Jesus (Isa), and Mary (Maryam). Muhammad was known to regularly perform the Umrah, could he began getting revelations. Traditionally, Muslims will gather at various meeting points consist of great metropolitan areas, and then move forward en masse toward Mecca, in groups that may comprise tens of thousands of pilgrims. A pair of the most...