Hajj 2011 - A Muslim Pilgrimage Customs and Dates


This yearly Islamic Hajj pilgrimage, to Mecca, Saudi Arabia accepts an estimated 2.5 millions of pilgrims every year, making it the huge yearly gathering of individuals in the world. The year Hajj 2011 holy pilgrimage, a spiritual duty performed at least once in all Muslim’s life, is projected to take place on 4th November – 9th November 2011.

Hajj which is considered as the fifth pillar of Islam — a sacred obligation that all Muslims who are able to, must complete the pilgrimage at least once time in his or her life. Islamic Tradition says the Hajj practices and rituals goes all the way back to Prophet Ibrahim. Millions of pilgrims march from Mecca to Mina to the Plain of Arafat to stand near the Mount of Mercy and ask Allah for mercy and forgiveness. Hajj Pilgrims then walk back to Mina (Mena) to baffle stones at pilars that stand in for the temptations of Satan. The symbolic mammal slaughter of Eid al-Adha comes next, followed by a trip back to Mecca to complete tawaf, turns around the Kaaba, the mainly sacred site in Islam. Pilgrims taste from a holy stream, the Zamzam, before turning back to Medina to complete the Hajj.


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