Archive for December 18th, 2007

The qibla (or, “a little hajj math”)

December 18, 2007

December 17th marked the beginning of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.  The hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, and is expected at least once in the lifetime of every Muslim who can afford to undertake the journey.  (This year an estimated 2 million people will take part in the hajj.) (more…)