Hajj – A Google Earth View

Hajj – A Google Earth View 


Readers to please note – This is not a piece of writing on “How to perform Hajj”.

This is only a small effort to explain, through images taken from Google Earth and Panoramio, the sequence of the Hajj alongwith locations involved and their importance.

Every lunar year in the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah (aka Zil-Hajj) millions of Muslims from around the world make the journey to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, for the Hajj pilgrimage. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and every Muslim, except infirm and poor, is required to perform the Hajj once in a lifetime.

The Hajj rituals in some form or other were prevalent even in the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and perhaps trace back to the time of Prophet Ibrahim (Patriarch Abraham). However, Hajj as is performed today, is based on the traditions established by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The Hajj rituals are spread over 5 days starting on the 8th day of the calendar month and are performed at 4 places – Makkah, Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah, shown in this image from Google Earth. 

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