Hey guys I hope that you all are doing great.
This week I would like to share with you all a recent trip that I took. The trip was a religious journey that is an obligation for every mentally and physically healthy and financially able Muslim to complete once in his/her lifetime. The destination of this journey was Mecca and the reason was to complete the Hajj pilgrimage.
Pilgrimage to Mecca occurred thousand of years ago and it is preformed annually and it has its roots from the time of Prophet Abraham who build Al Kaaba with his son Ismael for it to be the center of worship for all humankind. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam (1- Faith, 2- Prayer, 3- Zakat, 4- Fasting, 5- Hajj) and it goes for about 7 days in which Muslims at the end of it celebrate what is known as Eid Al Hajj (Muslims only celebrate 2 holidays Eid El Futor and Eid Al Hajj).
During pilgrimage certain acts of worship should be preformed to god. And the main concept is to have all mankind under the name of one god. Pilgrimage is considered a time where all people are equal and there are no differences what so ever. No difference between male or female, master and labor, rich or poor, black or white. The equality is really shown during this time of the year. Where all humans are gathered for one reason and do the exact same thing, praying the same prayers, repeating the same supplements, and preforming the same rituals.
During pilgrimage all Muslim men (only who are doing Hajj) from everywhere around the world have to dress in a certain way for the first 3 days of Hajj and it is called Ihram. Of course they can change into clean and new ones but the have to eat, sleep, and preform Hajj rituals while wearing this dress code. This is also a way to show equality between rich and poor…etc. females on the other hand are not required a certain dress code. But they are asked to not over beautify them selves.
My Husband and I had to travel by air to The Holy city since it is on the west side of the kingdom and as you know we are on the east side. After we landed we imdeiatly went to El kaaba.
This is a close-up image of Al Kaaba door. Every year the government of Saudi Arabia dresses Al Kaaba with the finest and most expensive fabric in the world. The door of Al kaaba is made out of pure gold along with the patterns of calligraphic statement of the Quran. By the end of each Islamic year (The month of Tho elheja where Hajj is done within this month) the government give Al Kaaba new “clothing” in celebration of 1- Eid Al Hajj. 2- the end of a blissful pilgrimage. 3- the start of a new year.
Getting back to my trip, I was talking to my husband about the number of people who came to this year Hajj. The government of Saudi Arabia announced that this year the number of pilgrims were much lower than each year where they estimate the number of pilgrims to be around 3,161,573. Although it is said that this number is not as high as other years, I think that it is still a lot. People where everywhere. Let me leave you guys with some images I took.
it was my first time preforming pilgrimage although it was very hard, preforming it was very fulfilling plus it was really fun when you get to know people and make friends. It is really interesting to see how at the end we are ALL equal. And that’s the essence of Islam.