HAGERSTOWN -The Imam of The Islamic Society of Western Maryland's Masjid, or mosque, Qasim Burmi, his wife and other members of the Islamic Society are in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to participate in the annual Hajj, or obligatory pilgrimage to Mecca, Dr. Shahab Siddiqui said Friday.
Millions of Muslims across the globe will begin their religious observances of the annual Hajj on Monday, the pilgrimage Muslims must make at least once in their lifetimes.
Hajj is one of five pillars of the Islamic faith, or obligations those who practice the religion must fulfill. The other four pillars include a declaration of faith, daily prayer, offering regular charity and fasting during the month of Ramadan.
"Most (Muslims), as a mark of tradition, fast (Monday), pray and worship," Siddiqui said.
On Tuesday, Muslims worldwide will gather for communal prayers on the first day of Eid ul-Adha, one of two festivals Muslims celebrate. It is celebrated as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, who was replaced with the sacrifice of an animal, for God, Siddiqui said.