Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah)
Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah), explained for non-Muslims
August 20 was Islamic Pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi Arabia and, August 21 was Eid-ul-adha (Celebration of Sacrifice – remembering when Abraham (May peace be upon him) was asked to sacrifice his son (may peace be upon him), but it was replaced by a ram with the mercy of God Almighty. A common greeting during this celebration is “Eid Mubarak” meaning “Blessed celebration”.
For further information:
Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah), explained for non-Muslims; A Biblical perspective; Interview with Malcolm X after return from Mecca, Hajj in 1964; Mohammad Ali’s pilgrimage to Makkah; Americans performing Hajj; A PBS documentary; Annual Muslim Pilgrimage explained by Forbes; Eid, Yum Kippur and Day of Arafat.
Information provided by Aamna Nayyar, co-chair of President’s Diversity Committee (PDAC).