Why Is the Hajj so Important to Muslims?

The Hajj is important to Muslims because it helps to teach them about their true purpose on Earth, to feel a closer connection to Allah, to unite with their brothers and sisters on the journey, to find their humility, to help them reinforce worship methods and to recognize the equality of all people, states the BBC. All people are equal on the journey because there are no indications of wealth, socioeconomic status, or pride in profession or other attributes.

On the journey, all people must wear the white Ihram clothing, which is without any emblems or other signifying details. The journey is required by the Muslim faith of all people who are physically capable of completing it, and who can afford to go. It is expected that if it is possible, all Muslims will make the journey at least once during their life.

The Hajj is a special tradition (called the fifth pillar of Islam) and is limited to only Muslim people. Non-Muslim people are not allowed to go on the Hajj or to enter the temple upon arrival. There are more than three million Muslims who go on the journey every year. In the modern world, the Hajj has become one way for parents to re-instill traditional Islamic values in their young children and teenagers.