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U.S. Muslims Preparing for January Hajj


NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Thousands of American Muslims will soon take part in
religious observances associated with the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to
Mecca. Now is the time to ask local Muslim contacts about who may be going
on Hajj. If you do not have any contacts in the local Muslim community, try
contacting the nearest CAIR chapter at
or by going to:

Hajj, which will take place in mid-to-late January, is one of the “five
pillars” of the Islamic faith. (The other pillars include a declaration of
faith, daily prayers, offering regular charity, and fasting during the
month of Ramadan.) Pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those
who have the physical and financial ability to undertake the journey. When
the main portion of the pilgrimage is completed, Muslims gather for
communal prayers on the first day of Eid ul-Adha (eed-al-odd-ha), the
second of the two major Muslim holidays.


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