The 5th Pillar of Islam
... Every year, millions of Muslims from around the
world make the journey to Mecca, Saudi Arabia,
for the annual pilgrimage. Dressed in the same
simple white clothing to represent human
equality, the pilgrims gather to perform rites
dating back to the time of Abraham.
... (Here I am at your service, oh Lord, here I am - here I am. No partner do you have. Here I
am. Truly, the praise and the favor are yours, and the dominion. No partner do you have.)
These are the words chanted by some two million people from
world heading, as if pulled by a magnet, to one single spot ...
The Hajj Inside the hajj: The world`s largest annual pilgrimage
... around the world is striving to … achieve closeness to God and everyone has different
ways of doing it.”
“Try to understand where everyone is coming from and your enjoyment of Hajj will be
that much more meaningful,” Hasnain says.
3. Everywhere was white
iReporter Rafiu Olasunkanmi Yusuf, a Nigerian ...
What is Hajj
... Hajj is obligated by Allah(swt) upon every
Muslim, male and female, who is
physically and financially able. Every
Muslim must perform Hajj only once
during their lifetime.
The status of Hajj in Islam, and the conditions of it being obligatory
... obligatory duties unless there is evidence to the contrary. How can a Muslim
accept to forsake going to Hajj to the sacred House of Allah when he is able to do
it and it is easy for him to get there? How can he delay it when he does not know
whether he will be able to get there after this year? He ...
Joseph Pitts (author)
Joseph Pitts (1663–1735?) was an Englishman who was taken into slavery by Barbary pirates from Algeria in 1678 at the age of fourteen or fifteen. Little is known about Pitts aside from what is revealed in his narrative concerning his time held captive in Northern Africa, during which time he went through three masters ranging widely in their cruelty towards him over the course of more than fifteen years, with whom he travelled to Cairo and Alexandria. Though he escaped between the years 1693 and 1694, it was not until 1704 that Pitts first published his account. Pitts's A True and Faithful Account of the Religion and Manners of the Mohammetans, with an Account of the Author's Being Taken Captive includes descriptions of his capture and captivity, including some of the first English descriptions of Islamic rituals. Converting to the religion while a slave, Pitts was the first Englishman to record the proceedings of the hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam. Pitts also describes the people of seventeenth-century North Africa (whom he calls Turks or Mohammetans) in detail, providing particulars on their manner of eating and dressing, the customs of their religion and marriage, and their economic and slave systems. Though its accuracy is debatable, Pitts’s narrative was the first and most detailed description of the religion of Islam and the manners of Muslims written by a European during the seventeenth century.