Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 21 October 2019

Hajj pilgrims return to the Emirates

Thousands are expected to arrive back in the country over the next few days

Thousands of pilgrims from the Emirates began returning to the country on Thursday following Hajj.

Last year, more than 6,200 Muslims made the journey to Makkah from the UAE, up from 4,600 in 2017.

For millions of Muslims around the world, the Hajj pilgrimage is an odyssey of huge consequence.

The five or six days of prayer and discovery to the holiest of cities in Saudi Arabia is part of the Five Pillars of Islam, and is considered mandatory.

The pilgrimage takes place each year during Dhul Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar.

The ritual literally translates as “to attend a journey” and denotes both the outward act of the physical travel involved and the inward act of an individual’s contemplation of their faith.

Updated: August 15, 2019 06:37 PM

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