Friday, November 27, 2009
Amid Thanksgiving--American-style religion--there was news abroad of the hajj beginning in Mecca.
What is the hajj?
The Hajj consists of a five-day excursion, required by all physically and financially able Muslims, to Mecca and the nearby holy sites of Arafat, Mina, and Muzdalifah. Once there, pilgrims perform a series of rituals to unify themselves with other believers, absolve themselves of their sins and pay tribute to God.