Millions of Muslims from around the world have started arriving in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. The five-day pilgrimage starts on Saturday, September 10th which re-enacts the actions of the Prophet Muhammad from more than 1,400 years ago. It is a spiritual journey meant to cleanse the faithful of sin, bringing one closer to God.
From the Quran: “And proclaim to mankind the hajj. They will come to you on foot, on very lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant mountain highway.”
This year’s Hajj is expected to be attended by more than 1.5 million pilgrims including correspondent Diaa Hadid who will be covering her personal journey for the New York Times (and social media).
Be sure to read Ms. Hadid’s informative piece for a 101 on Hajj!