In the lead up to Eid Al Adha, students, faculty and staff members from the HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) joined together to participate in the solemn and uplifting rituals of Hajj (Pilgrimage) and the story of Eid Al Adha.
Hajj giveaways were distributed to everyone on campus while the “Takbeerat”, or words chanted by pilgrims, were broadcast throughout the campus.
Every year, millions of Muslims from around the world make the journey to Makkah for the annual pilgrimage (or Hajj). Dressed in the same simple, white clothing to represent human equality, the pilgrims gather to perform rites dating back to the time of Abraham.
The pilgrimage to Makkah is considered one of the five “pillars” of Islam, which Muslims are required to undertake at least once in their lifetime, if they are physically and financially able.
The Hajj is a gathering of humanity in one place, at one time. There are specified days each year to perform the pilgrimage, during the Islamic month of “Dhul-Hijjah” (the Month of Hajj).
Throughout the event, the largest annual gathering of people on earth, the pilgrimage is marked by a total absence of any disagreements or altercations among the pilgrims. Instead, courtesy and helping others are the norm while peace, serenity and piety among the pilgrims pervade the entire pilgrimage.