The Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia is one of the five pillars of Islam. Every Muslim who is physically and financially able is required to make the pilgrimage at some point. Each year millions of men and women converge on Mecca, performing prayers and rituals at places that are central to the Islamic faith, like the Ka’aba: a black, 50-foot-high cube that rests in the center of the Al Haram Mosque.
Among the millions who went to Mecca this past December was Abdool Khan of Williston. He’s spoke with VPR’s Jane Lindholm about his experience.