The hajj is observed to plant the seed and celebrate the diversity of our common humanity. Pilgrims return home enriched by this more pluralistic outlook and with a new appreciation for their own origins.

The US needs to understand Islam and why millions converge on Mecca this week. They follow the footsteps of millions more who have made the spiritual journey to the valley of Mecca since Abraham.
The last of the five Pillars of Islam. The others are an affirmation of one God, five daily prayers, regular charity, and fasting during Ramadan), hajj is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those physically and financially able.

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The five-day hajj pilgrimage and its significance in Islam. By @ayaelb. http://apne.ws/2ceEiDi