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Hajj Mubarak!!! Eid Mubarak!!!

Hajj -- The Pilgrimage

The annual pilgrimage to Mecca is an obligation only for those who are physically and financially able to perform it. Nevertheless, about two million people go to Mecca each year from every corner of the globe providing a unique opportunity for those of different nations to gather together. Although Mecca is always filled with visitors, the annual Hajj begins in the 12th month of the Islamic year. Pilgrims wear special clothes: simple garments which strip away distinctions of class and culture, so that all stand equal before God.

The rites of the Hajj, which of are of Abrahamic origin, include circling the Ka'ba seven times, and going seven times between the mountains of Safa and Marwa as did Hagar during her search for water. Then the pilgrims stand together on the wide plain of Arafa and join in prayers for God's forgiveness, in what is often thought of as a preview of the Last Judgement.

The close of the Hajj is marked by a festival, the Eid-ul-Adha, which is celebrated with prayers in Muslim communities all over the world.

On behalf of The Islamic Center of San Francisco, the Editors, and the Board of Directors wish all the readers and all the Muslim brothers, sisters, and their families and friends a happy Eid-ul-Adha.


The Islamic Bulletin
P.O. Box 410186, San Francisco, CA 94141-0186

June 1991
Dul-Hijjah 1411
Letters to the Editor
Islamic World News
Qur'an and Science
Hajj (Pilgrimage)
Islamic Vocabulary
Hajj Related
The Kid's Corner
Cook's Corner
Women in Islam
Islamic Dietary Laws
Teachings of the Prophet
Why I Embraced Islam