07 October 2014

5 facts about the Hajj (Pew Research)

5 facts about the Hajj (Pew Research, 11 October 2014)

Excerpt:
The annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is underway, and more than a million pilgrims already have entered Saudi Arabia from abroad. Some of the key rituals involved in the pilgrimage are performed on the ninth day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, which this year falls on Oct. 14. All Muslim adults are expected to participate in the hajj, which is among the Five Pillars (core practices) of Islam, at least once in their lifetime unless they are physically or financially incapable of making the trip to Mecca. Here’s a look at some of the numbers associated with the hajj:
Link: 5 facts about the Hajj (Pew Research, 11 October 2014)

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