October 14th, 2013
01:58 AM ET

Inside the hajj: The world's largest annual pilgrimage

By Sarah Brown, CNN

(CNN) - Millions of Muslims began the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, which represents one of the largest annual human gatherings on the planet.

The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, a journey every Muslim is expected to take in his or her lifetime if the person is physically and financially able.

This year, the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca is hosting more than 2 million Muslims, about 1 million fewer than last year, according to the Associated Press.

Our iReport team has asked pilgrims who have performed the Hajj about how the experience changed them - and for their advice to those undertaking the pilgrimage for the first time.

The result is a mix of spiritual and practical life lessons that transcend Islam.

1. Patience

iReporter Amir Abdul Latip from Brunei said the Hajj taught him a patience that’s carried over to his life after the pilgrimage.

“I'm still not perfect, but the Hajj has changed my perspective on the temporal nature life, the universe, and everything else,” he says.

“Just be patient and always try to help others,” Latip says, adding that the Hajj helped “widen my views to see a bigger picture of our existence.”

Read more about Latip’s Hajj experience

Patience is an order during the Tawaf, a Hajj ritual in which throngs of pilgrims circle seven times around the Kaaba, a cube-shaped building considered the most sacred site in Islam.

The whole five-day event, which attracts around 3 million people, is slow going and sometimes chaotic.

CNN Explains: What's the Hajj?

“Several times things are not in control of the organizers – they try their best for pilgrims but they cannot do all due to some unforeseen circumstances,” said iReporter Muhammad Zafar from Simi Valley, California, who performed Hajj in 2011 with his family.

2. Down to earth

Ameer Hassoun, an Iraqi-born doctor who lives in New Jersey, said a key part of the Hajj is learning from other pilgrims.

“It taught me how to be very down to earth, to treat everything with humility, that there is no difference between us - no matter where we are," he said.

See images of Hassoun’s visit to Mecca in 2011

“People around the world share their own experiences from their home countries and so it’s a very fertile land for learning.”

For Hira Hasnain, a student in North Carolina who spent three weeks undertaking the Hajj, one of the most rewarding experiences was uncovering new aspects of her faith by meeting new people.

“It brings you closer, it provides a sense of unity.,” she says. “You realize that everyone around the world is striving to … achieve closeness to God and everyone has different ways of doing it.”

“Try to understand where everyone is coming from and your enjoyment of Hajj will be that much more meaningful,” Hasnain says.

Listen to more of Hasnain’s advice and see images of her hajj journey

3. Everywhere was white

iReporter Rafiu Olasunkanmi Yusuf, a Nigerian who works in Malaysia, said his 2003 pilgrimage revealed a “need to move closer to God.”

“Everywhere was white, that symbol of purity,” he said. “There was no distinction on the basis of race, country or color of the skin. One can feel the presence of the Almighty God as we perform the religious rites.”

Since then Yusuf, has tried to “devote more time to spiritual uplift and less time to worldly pursuits."

Haq, meanwhile, says his pilgrimage taught him to acknowledge God in “everything I do.”

“I pay close attention to my obligations as a Muslim,” he says. “My prayers, obedience to parents, fasting, zakat [gifts to charity - another of the five pillars of Islam] - I repent more often, and make more dhikr [prayers reciting the names of God].

“I also try to educate my Muslim and non-Muslim friends, co-workers and peers on Islam,” he says.

4. The hajj is hard

iReporter Amaan Haq from Woodbridge, Virginia, undertook his first Hajj in 2011 with his wife and said preparation was essential.

Read about Haq’s preparations for his Hajj

“Read and understand before embarking what acts are required from you,” he said. “The Hajj is hard even if you're young.”

The Hajj can be a physical and mental endurance test, with pilgrims sometimes walking miles each day. Haq advises pilgrims to take drinks or electrolyte salts to stay hydrated in the 90-degree Arabian sun.

Other iReporters recommended that first time pilgrims obtain a guide if possible, saying the complex sequence of rituals to be performed and the sheer size of the gathering can be overwhelming.

5. Just do it

Latip from Brunei said his final advice for those wishing to undertake the journey was to get going.

“Just do it,” he said.

“Don’t wait until you’re too old and frail,” he says. “And with costs rising year after year, it’s better to do it sooner if you can.”

That advice can apply to journeys other than Hajj, too.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Saudi Arabia

soundoff (779 Responses)
  1. NorCalMojo

    It's like a time warp to the 12th century.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • TribalBeat

      Eid Mubarak to you all and God Bless you all. 🙂

      October 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
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      October 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  2. NorCalMojo

    It's like travelling back in time.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • JLS639

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      October 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm |



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    October 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
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    October 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
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      October 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
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  12. Reality

    Saving our sister and brother Muslims from the infamous hajj con:

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi----–

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
    be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of 5. 5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Analogous steps are available for deprogramming the myths of the other major religions....

    October 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Reality

      إنقاذ الشقيقة والمسلمين من يخدع شقيق الحاج الشهيرة
      from Google Translate – the above in Arabic:

      من دراسات ارمسترونغ، رشدي، علي هيرسي، والبيهقي ريتشاردسون ----–

      الخطوات الخمس لأبطل تأثير الخرافات من 1400 سنة الإسلامي:

      (-اتخاذ خطوات أقل من دقيقتين إلى دقيقة، والانتهاء ببساطة مذهلة-سنتين إلى إحلال السلام والعقلانية لأكثر من مليار نسمة، فقد لا تقدر بثمن!)

      هل أنت مستعد؟

      استخدام "الفروع الإسلامية 77 من" الإيمان "مجموعة الإمام البيهقي جمعتها كنقطة انطلاق. في ذلك، وهو ما يفسر الفضائل الأساسية التي تعكس صحيح" الإيمان "(إيمان) من خلال الآيات القرآنية وأحاديث نبوية ذات الصلة." أي ملخصا لطيفة من المعتقدات الإسلامية والقرآن الكريم.

      والخمسة الأولى من الفروع 77:

      "1، والإيمان بالله"

      وينبغي أن يضاف الملقب كما الله، الرب، زيوس، الرب، الطبيعة الأم، وما إلى ذلك لالخلايا العصبية الذاتية التطهير الخاص.

      "2. وإذا ما تصورنا أن كل شيء غير الله كان غير موجود. بعد ذلك، خلق الله العلي هذه الأمور لاحقا وجاء إلى حيز الوجود."

      التطور والانفجار الكبير أو "غي ب G-NAB" (عندما يبدأ الكون لإعادة تدوير) هي أكثر قبولا وينبغي إدراج "المندرجة" في سبيل الله إذا كنت لا تزال تشكل "CREA-tionist".

      "3. إلى الاعتقاد في وجود الملائكة".

      A بندا رئيسيا لتطهير الخلايا العصبية. الملائكة / دي vils-الإبداعات الأسطورية هي من الحضارات القديمة، على سبيل المثال Hitt خائبي، لشرح / تحديد الأحداث الطبيعية، والاتصالات مع آلهتهم، والطيور الكبيرة، والرياح المفاجئة، وحماة في ليالي الظلام، وما إلى ذلك لا "جميلة / UG-لاي ثينجيس افسح المجال ل" أو بزيارة أي وقت مضى تحدث إلى محمد، يسوع، مريم أو جوزيف سميث أو جو. اليوم سوف نصنف الملائكة كما airies-F و "كير القصدير يكون LLS-". وتصنف الحديثة دي vils كما دي مونس هيئة اجتثاث mented.

      "4. إذا ما تصورنا أن جميع الكتب السماوية التي تم إرسالها إلى الأنبياء مختلفة صحيحا، ولكن بصرف النظر عن القرآن الكريم، كل الكتب الأخرى غير صالحة بعد الآن."

      آخر بندا رئيسيا في حذفها. لا توجد كتب في ولاية روح السماء (إن وجد) كما لا توجد الملائكة لكتابة / نشر / توزيعها. القرآن، OT، NT وما هي ببساطة كتب من قبل البشر للبشر.

      اخترعت من قبل الأنبياء الكتبة القديمة عادة للحفاظ على الجماهير من الامم المتحدة والمتعلمين في الصف. اليوم ونحن ندعو لهم مقابل لحن فرز الأصوات.

      كما نبوءات invali مؤرخة من قبل الهدايا الطبيعية / الله / الله من الإرادة الحرة والمستقبل.

      "5. لنعتقد أن جميع الأنبياء صحيحة، ولكن ونحن أمرنا اتباع النبي محمد (عليه الصلاة والسلام
      صلى الله عليه وسلم) وحده. "

      قضى محمد ثلاثين يوما "الصيام" (أسطورة رمضان) في كهف الساخن قبل لقاءه الأول مع الله ويعرف أيضا باسم الله وما إلى ذلك من خلال "افسح المجال ل ثينغي جميلة". الحس السليم يتطلب حذف الخلايا العصبية من 5. 5 هو أيضا المصدر الرئيسي للالاسلامي VI-olence أي تحول محمد "سريع والجوع يحركها" hallu-cinations إلى واقع فظيع لغير المؤمنين.

      المشي هذه الخطوات الخمس ونحن نضمن انتعاش الكامل من طرقك الإسلامية!!

      خطوات مماثلة متاحة للdeprogramming الأساطير الأديان الرئيسية الأخرى ....

      October 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Reality

      From Google Translate – the above in Urdu, the official language of Pakistan:

      ہماری بہن اور بدنام حج con سے بھائی مسلمانوں کو محفوظ

      آرمسٹرانگ، رشدی، Hirsi علی، رچرڈسن اور بیھقی -– کے مطالعہ سے

      پانچ اسلامی افسانوں کا 1400 سال Deprogram اقدامات:

      (کے قدم کمال صرف ختم، دو منٹ میں دو منٹ سے بھی کم ایک ارب سے زیادہ کھو روح انمول میں امن اور سمجھداری لانے لے!!)

      کیا آپ تیار ہیں؟

      کا استعمال کرتے ہوئے ایمان "اسلامی کی 77 شاخیں" ایمان "ایک نقطہ اغاز کے طور پر امام بیھقی کی طرف سے مرتب مجموعہ اس میں، وہ ضروری فضائل یہ سچ کی عکاسی کی وضاحت کرتا ہے" "متعلقہ قرانی آیات اور نبوی اقوال کے ذریعے (ایمان)." یعنی قرآن پاک اور اسلامی عقائد کا ایک اچھا خلاصہ.

      77 شاخوں کے پہلے پانچ:

      "اللہ میں 1 ایمان."

      خدا، Yahweh، Zeus، یہووا، ماں فطرت، قدرت، وغیرہ کے طور پر ارف آپکے نیوران خود صفائی میں شامل کی جائے.

      "2 کہ سب کے علاوہ اللہ غیر موجود تھا یقین کرنے کے لئے. اس کے بعد، سب سے زیادہ ہائی اللہ نے ان چیزوں کو پیدا کیا اور اس کے بعد وہ وجود میں آیا."

      ارتقاء اور بگ بینگ یا "GI B-G-نیب" (جب کائنات کو ری سائیکل شروع ہوتا ہے) ممکنہ ہیں اور اللہ کے لئے "akas" اگر آپ کو ایک "crea tionist" شامل کیا جانا چاہئے.

      "3. فرشتوں کے وجود میں یقین کرنے کے."

      نیوران کی صفائی کے لئے ایک اہم چیز ہے. فرشتوں / ڈی vils قدیم تہذیبوں کے پورانیک مخلوق، مثال کے طور پر ہیں Hitt آئٹیئایس / قدرتی واقعات کی وضاحت کرنے کی وضاحت کے لئے، ان کے دیوتاوں، بڑے پرندوں، اچانک ہواؤں، سیاہ راتوں کے دوران محافظ، وغیرہ نہیں "کافی / UG LY wingy thingies" کے ساتھ رابطے بھی پہلے کا دورہ کیا یا محمد، حضرت عیسی علیہ السلام، مریم سے بات کی یا جوزف یا جو سمتھ. آج ہم F airies اور "ٹن KER-lls" کے طور پر فرشتوں کی درجہ بندی کریں گے. جدید ڈی vils ڈی mented کے ڈی mons کے طور پر کی درجہ بندی کر رہے ہیں.

      "4 کا خیال ہے کہ تمام آسمانی کتابیں ہیں جو مختلف پیغمبروں کو بھیجا گیا سچ ہیں. تاہم، کے علاوہ قرآن پاک سے دیگر تمام کتابیں صحیح ہیں نہیں."

      ایک اور اہم چیز کو خارج. آسمان کی روح ریاست کے وزٹرز کا ریکارڈ رکھا جائے گا (اگر وہاں ایک ہے) کوئی کتابیں ہیں بالکل اسی طرح جیسے کوئی / شائع لکھنے / انہیں تقسیم فرشتے ہیں. قرآن پاک، OT، NT وغیرہ صرف انسانوں کے لئے انسانوں کی طرف سے تحریری کتابیں ہیں.

      انبیاء قدیم scribes کی طرف سے ایجاد عام طور پر لائن میں اقوام متحدہ کے تعلیم یافتہ عوام کے رکھنے کے لئے کیا گیا تھا. آج ہم ان tellers کے لئے دھن کہتے ہیں.

      پیشن گوئی بھی مفت کیا جائے گا اور مستقبل کی قدرتی / خدا / اللہ تحائف کی طرف سے invali ء.

      "5 یقین ہے کہ تمام انبیاء سچ ہیں، تاہم، ہم نبی محمد صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم (امن اور مجزوب کی پیروی کا حکم ہے.
      اللہ علیہ وسلم) اکیلے. "

      محمد خرچ تیس دن "روزہ" اللہ ارف خدا وغیرہ کے ساتھ ان کی ایک "کافی wingy thingy" کے ذریعے پہلے رابطہ کے سامنے ایک گرم غار میں (رمضان علامات). عقل کا 5 نیوران کی تنسیخ کا مطالبہ کرتا ہے. 5 اسلامی VI olence یعنی رہی ہے محمد کے تیز، بھوک سے چلنے والی "کافروں کے لئے خوفناک حقیقت میں hallu کی cinations اہم ذریعہ بھی ہے.

      ان پانچ قدم پر چلتے ہیں اور ہم آپ کے اسلامی طریقوں میں سے ایک مکمل بحالی اس بات کی ضمانت!

      مطابق اقدامات دیگر اہم مذاہب کے خرافات کا ترک کرنا deprogramming کے لئے دستیاب ہیں ...

      October 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • William Demuth


      All these translations are Greek to me!

      October 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, denier of truth absolute in follwing of hindu filthy god, hindu Lucifer, out law atheist, spewing his hinduism, absurdity, nothing of new, but same, as has been the case for ages, go hind, hell with your hindu, filthy god, Lucifer.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayerbot.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Ya need a new slogan, cause you were outed!

      October 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • nope


      October 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Rocafella

      No–belief in prayer is the power.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
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      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian..

      October 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  14. Douglas

    One thing is for sure is if American's had to make this long walk to worship their God it would really help the obesity in this country. Americans are tool lazy and weak.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • ME II

      is that "Americans are too lazy and weak."
      or, "Americans are tools, lazy, and weak."

      Just wondering

      October 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • NorCalMojo

      I'm sorry you can't afford access to protein where you live.

      Hopefully someday you'll have enough money to travel and you'll find out your silly stereotypes just aren't true.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  15. William Demuth

    From what I have been advised, the experience does bring emphasis to the need for the "Arab Spring" to include significantly more "Irish Spring"

    It has been said that alas you can bring the primitives to water, but you can't make them bathe.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Kahlil

      We're in the desert, stupid. Water's for drinking. At least we all smell like camels, so nobody's offended. It's not like when you Americans fart in an elevator and then accuse each other of doing it...

      October 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  16. Where is your God now?

    Your husband takes you to the Palestinian company Eid-al-Adha party. You have long been jealous of his very attractive co-worker Amatullah, and your jealous imagination suspects there is a spark between them. You dress to the nines and look great. The moment comes to say hello to her. Her eyes are beautiful, she is charming and smells intoxicating (like goat). You break a heal just as you reach to shake her hand. You spill your drink on both Amatullah and your husband. They look at each other and giggle, holding the gaze a bit too long.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  17. God

    It's really sad how humans treat animals around the world, it's disgusting. Even in the US animals are treated poorly. No wonder this world is slowly being destroyed, animals are going extinct, human beings are so selfish and greedy, not to mention just plain stupid.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • William Demuth

      If you didn't want us killing and eating them, why did you make them out of meat?

      If you want to stop us from eating them, make the next batch out of brussels sprouts.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • umm..

      humans are made of the same kind of meat too.. have you been eating that too? *shudder.. *shudder

      October 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      I like brussel sprouts.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Humans are the other other white meat.

      Use lots of salt, and they taste like chicken.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      I love steak of hindu's ignorant s cow mama's meat, what is left is for hindu, filthy, his cow mama's dung and urine, keep on feasting on it, hindu, parasite.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • G to the T

        Combine beef with pork and you get – Bacon Cheeseburger! Truly the food of the gods...

        October 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  18. Where is your God now?

    You are a Palestinian. Where is your God now?

    October 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  19. Where is your God now?

    You are a Palestinian goat. Where is your God now?

    October 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  20. Where is your God now?

    You are a Palestinian boy. Where is your God now?

    October 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • William Demuth

      If you are a Palestinian boy, the goat is your Goddess.

      I hear they have poster of goats exoticaly posed on chaise lounges smoking huka's where you can see the udders poking thru their silk burkas.

      Drives the young Jihadi's mad!

      October 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
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