Introduction to Hajj

Some two months after the completion of Ramadan comes the season of the great Pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj), the birthplace of Islam, where an ever-increasing number of men and women converge each year from every possible corner of the earth as described in the following verses:-

And [mention, O Muhammad], when We designated for Abraham the site of the House, [saying], “Do not associate anything with Me and purify My House for those who perform Tawaf and those who stand [in prayer] and those who bow and prostrate. And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every deep ravine. That they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the name of Allah on appointed days over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. So eat of them and feed the destitute and poor. Then let them complete the rites prescribed for them, fulfil their vows and perform Tawaf around the ancient House.”– Chapter 22:26-29