Hajj is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith and is the religious pilgrimage that every sane muslim should complete at least once in their lifetime, provided they can afford it.
Hajj happens from 8th – 12th Dhul- Hijjah which is the 12th month of the Islamic calendar.
What is the purpose of Hajj ?
Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that was performed by the Prophet Muhammad and dates back as far as the times of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). Its purpose is to instill a sense of unity and help muslims to renew their sense of purpose in this world. It is believed that a muslim who completes their Hajj with pure faith will have all their previous sins forgiven.
Muslims from all around the world regardless of colour, creed, social status, wealth and culture flock to Mecca each year to perform the pilgrimage (two million in 2017).