What is Hajj?

The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims. As one of the five pillars of Islam, Muslims believe it will count towards their search for forgiveness of sins. Every adult Muslim who is physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support his family during his absence, must carry out the Hajj at least once in their lifetime.[1]

The Hajj begins on the 8th day of the 12th month of Dhul Hijjah, the last month in the Islamic calendar. Around 3 million Muslims from all over the world – the largest gathering of people in the world – flock to Mecca to perform sacred acts and follow the steps of Muhammad their prophet.

Muslims can also go to Mecca to perform the rituals at other times of the year. This is sometimes called the ‘lesser pilgrimage’, or Umrah. However, even if one chooses to perform the Umrah, they are still obligated to perform the Hajj at some other point in their lifetime if they have the means to do so.

[1] Wikipedia