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The annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah is an obligation once in a lifetime for those who are physically and financially able to perform it. About two million people go to Makkah each year from every corner of the globe. Although Makkah is always filled with visitors, the annual Hajj is performed in the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar. Male pilgrims wear special simple clothes which strip away distinctions of class and culture so that all stand equal before .
Pilgrims praying at the Haram mosque in God commanded the Abraham and his son, Ishmael, to build.. In this mosque is the Kaaba (the black building in the picture) which turn toward when . The Kaaba is the place of which
The rites of the 1 and ask for what they wish and for His , in what is often thought of as a preview of the Day of .include circling the Kaaba seven times and going seven times between the hillocks of Safa and Marwa, as Hagar did during her search for water. Then the pilgrims stand together in Arafa
The end of the Muslim calendar.is marked by a festival, Eid Al-Adha, which is celebrated with prayers. This, and Eid al-Fitr, a feast-day commemorating the end of , are the two annual festivals of the
- An area about 15 miles from Makkah