Every year, over two million Muslims from all over the world from vivid backgrounds travel to Makkah to perform Hajj, the Holy Pilgrimage, and over one and a half billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid-ul-Adha (Celebration of Sacrifice) in conjunction. Hajj is a requirement for every Muslim who is able to perform it. It is one of the five pillars of Islam. A pilgrimage to Mecca, known as the Hajj, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and thus obligatory for all Muslims with the physical and FINANCIAL ability to make it. Hajj is an imperative duty (Fardh) for all Muslims who have the resources to carry it out. It is to be performed during the days of Hajj, once in a lifetime. However, one may perform it more than once. Hajj is an ibadah in which MONEY is spent in Allah's way and strength is sacrificed for the pleasure of Allah. At the same time it is a test of patience. Hajj also provides Muslims from all parts of the world the opportunity of meeting at a central venue to strengthen the bonds of Muslim Brotherhood.
A pilgrim goes to Mina and there prays Dhuhr, Asr, Magrib, Isha and Fajr, shortening his four unit prayers so as to make them two units each, without combining them. A pilgrimage to Mecca, known as the Hajj, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and thus obligatory for all Muslims with the physical and FINANCIAL ability to make it.
There are three ways of performing the Hajj:
Hajj al-Tamatt'u (Interrupted): This means entering into ihram for the Umrah, taking off after performing the Umrah, and then entering into ihram again for the Hajj. People who come from other countries usually perform Hajj al-Tamatt'u.
Hajj al-Qiran (Combined): This means entering into ihram for both the Umrah and the Hajj at the same time, not taking off for the ihram until the day of sacrifice at Mina.
Hajj al-Ifrad (Single):This means entering into ihram only for the Haj