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Introduction

The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam which all Muslims must complete once in their lifetime if they have the means to do so. Every year, 2 million people from around the world converge to the birthplace of Islam to perform the same rites performed by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) 14 centuries ago. Performing the hajj is the spiritual highlight of a believer's life, connecting the pilgrim to the past and to the worldwide Muslim community (the ummah).

The Umrah (sometimes referred to as the minor pilgrimage) can be performed at any time outside of the hajj season. Umrah is very much a voluntary journey made out of a love and devotion for Allah SWT and a yearning to visit the sacred places in Makkah. The rituals required for completion of umrah are far fewer and do not require travel outside of the haram in Makkah. However, most pilgrims combine this with a trip to Madinah.

 

Fast Facts

 Hajj is obligatory on adult men and women that are healthy enough to perform the rituals and have the financial means to do so.

 The Hajj takes place over 5 days from the 8th-13th Dhu'l Hijja. In 2015, this will fall on 21-25th September.

 Hajj and Umrah visas are only available through travel agents licensed by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj. 

  Please see the Planning a Trip section for further details on Visas and the Travel Agents section for a list of approved Travel Agents.

 All women are required to travel for Hajj with a Mahram. Women over the age of 45 may travel without a Mahram with an organized group.