hajj pilgrimage

Mecca, the birthplace of Islam, is the venue for one of the world’s biggest religious gathering. The Hajj is the ultimate act of devotion for the 1.2 billion people who practice Islam. It is an annual pilgrimage that is one of the 5 religious duties that every Muslim should perform. The event signifies solidarity and one’s submission to Allah as depicted by prophets Ibrahim and Muhammad.

Today, 90% of those who attend the Hajj travel through air. The King Abdulaziz International Airport, also known as Jeddah Airport, is one of the busiest airports in Saudi Arabia during this time of the year. Its main purpose is to cater to foreign pilgrims who wish to join the gathering.

For officials, the Hajj imposes a big responsibility of keeping the security and logistics spotless. Millions of people come every year and the officials are expected to provide ample security and organization for the success of the event. This Hajj documentary details how the religious gathering has flourished through the years and how organizers have adopted technology to ensure the event’s success.

Hajj to Mecca (Makkah) Revealed

Discovery Channel