The Haj pilgrimage

By Abdur-Razzaq Lubis

October 2010 PHOTO ESSAY
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This November, millions of Muslims from around the world will converge in Mecca in holy pilgrimage. The pilgrimage is the fifth pillar of Islam, and it is the duty of every able-bodied Muslim to perform it at least once in their lifetimes during Eid al-Adha. The pilgrimage involves a series of rituals that includes travelling from Mecca to Medina, circling the Kaaba seven times counter-clockwise, kissing the Black Stone, spending an afternoon in the plains of Arafat, and stoning the...

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Abdur-Razzaq Lubis

is a writer and the Malaysia and Singapore representative to the Mandailing All Clans Assembly.