The Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, known as Hajj, is a sacred journey undertaken by millions of Muslims to the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is the fifth pillar of Islam and holds deep spiritual significance.
Muslims make meticulous preparations and enter a state of consecration known as Ihram before arriving to Mecca. They wear simple white garments. This unified clothing signifies humility and equality before Allah.
The focal point of Hajj is the Grand Mosque, home to the revered Kaaba. Pilgrims perform the Tawaf, circling the Kaaba seven times, symbolizing unity and devotion.
Other rituals include standing at mount Arafat, seeking God’s mercy, and stoning the pillars in Mina, representing the rejection of evil. The journey culminates in Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice. The pilgrimage to Mecca is a transformative experience, allowing Muslims to deepen their faith and forge a sense of unity within the global Muslim community.
In 1977, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania issued an air mail stamp to commemorate the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Catalogue Reference: Yvert & Tellier, Poste Aérienne, n° 181