Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has released a visual guide to Hajj to help guests who are embarking on the holy Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah.
This infographic, produced in collaboration with the Fairmont Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel, is designed to help guests prepare for Hajj, particularly young Muslims who may be performing the pilgrimage for the first time.
The guide offers advice on the most important things to pack; how to get to Makkah; and what to expect when you are there. It also provides very personal quotes from young Muslims of their “experience of a Hajj”:
“The day in Arafāt – the main part of the Hajj, is the time for reflection and supplications, so it’s a very emotional time. I chose to be away from the group. That was my time, I didn’t really want to be with anybody. I kept myself to myself and had my conversations with God there,” said one young pilgrim.
As the largest annual gathering of people in the world, the holy Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj must be carried out by all adult Muslims at least once in their lifetime if they are financially and physically able. The event occurs from the 8th to the 13th of Thu Elhijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar, following a very specific itinerary during this five-day period.
According to the Quran, elements of the Hajj can be traced back to around 2,000 BCE, the time of Abraham, although, the present pattern of Hajj was established by the prophet Muhammad. The four main locations a pilgrim on the Hajj can expect to visit are Masjid Al Haram – Ka’aba, Jabel Arafāt, Muzdalifah and Mina respectively.
It is thought the effects of Hajj on Islamic faith are extremely positive. Increased unity within the Islamic world is not accompanied by antipathy toward non-Muslims. Instead, Hajjis show increased belief in peace, and in equality and harmony among adherents of different religions. The evidence suggests that these changes are likely due to exposure to and interaction with Hajjis from around the world, rather than to a changed social role of pilgrims upon return.
The guide is available for download from the Fairmont website.