Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Hajj: Abraham’s Legacy

Every Hajj ritual has a specific meaning and purpose. Journey with us in the footsteps of Abraham as we explore the significance and symbolism of each one.

Each year, millions of Muslims gather in Makkah to follow in Prophet Abraham’s footsteps during Hajj – one of the most sacred rites in Islam. But what is the purpose of pilgrimage rituals in this day and age? Journey with us as we explore the significance and symbolism of each Hajj ritual, including:

  • The symbolism of Tawaf, the ritual of circling the Ka’bah seven times during the Hajj or Umrah
  • The symbolism of Sa’i, the ritual of walking between the two hills, Al-Safa and Al-Marwa
  • The symbolism of ‘Arafah, the name of a mountain range and its surrounding plains, located east of Makkah, where Hajj pilgrims spend the day seeking God’s forgiveness
  • The symbolism of Udhiya, the ritual sacrifice of an animal during Hajj, or after the day of Eid al-Adha
  • The symbolism of Jamarat (the place of pebble), the three specific places in Mina where pilgrims pelt the three pillars with pebbles

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