The pilgrimage (Hajj) is an event that takes place every year at the end of the Muslim year (Higra) and is four days long. It is one of the Five pillars of Islam and it is only an obligation to Muslims who have the financial health and physical ability to do it. It is an Abrahamic tradition and it has been performed in Mecca for thousands of years. In the modem day it is done by approximately three million Muslims from all corners of the earth both men and women. About 200 languages are spoken in the Hajj and the pilgrims come from all social levels of society.
The main point of the Hajj is to detach from the material bonds of life and to ask forgiveness for our sins and to try and commit to living a better live free of selfishness and egotistical desires. It is believed that if one performs the Hajj with pure intention that one is reborn after with all past sins forgiven.
Reem Al Faisal is a Native of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and currently has homes in both Jeddah and Paris.
She graduated from Manarat High School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, studied Arabic Literature in King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, SA, and finally left to pursue a photographic career in Paris, France. She is now an active photographer and journalist.