EId al Adha 2018: Hajj is one of the 5 pillars of Islam, read to know its significance

Every year millions of Muslims gather at Mecca in Saudi Arabian city for Hajj. A pilgrimage that includes a series of specific rituals carried out by the Prophet Mohammad nearly 1,400 years ago.

Every Muslim has to go to Hajj once in their life if they can afford to go. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and every pillar has to be completed as long as their health allows it. Hajj takes place in Mecca and lasts for five days of intense worship. The main purpose of this pilgrimage is to get close to Allah and doing Hajj is also a great opportunity for Muslims to interact with each other.

During this pilgrimage every Hajji wears white clothes which is also known as Ihram. It is forbidden for every Muslims on Hajj to have sex, proposing marriage, cutting their hair and kill animals. Every Hajji walks 7 rounds of Kaaba and it is not essential that he or she touches the Kaaba, but it is said that if you touch Kaaba all your negativity will be pulled out of your body.

This year, it has been estimated that more than two million people will make the do Hajj. In 2017 there were almost 2.5 million Hajjis, with 2012 holding the record with more than three million.

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