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An obligatory pilgrimage to Makkah, Hajj is to be performed at least once in a lifetime for those who can afford it. It is one of the pillars of Islam and involves performing certain religious rituals that were performed by Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
The Haj is the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It is currently the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, and is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so.
Being the third largest Muslim populated country, India's share is large in number of Hajj pilgrims. Hajj travel is organized by the central Hajj committee of India under the aegis of the central government and by private tour operators according to government allocations.
Travelling has been part and parcel of a Muslims' life since the beginning of Islam. For the last 14 centuries, Muslims have been travelling from all parts of the world to perform Hajj. Without a doubt, Hajj has been one of the driving factors in making them leave their homes and possessions and embark on these most awe inspiring journeys. The requirement to travel for Hajj and other reasons such as finding the Qiblah direction, made the early Muslims the leaders in innovation in travel and navigation. It also led to a vast collection of travel writing!
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