Makkah… the ancient city that was etched into history by Ibrahim (PBUH). He and his son Ismail (PBUH) raised the foundation of the Kaaba – the first sacred House – with a prayer. Millennia later, the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) was born here and, in a nearby cave, received revelations that comprise the Quran. Five times a day, a billion Muslims perform Salat (ritual prayers) while facing the Holy Kaaba.
Today, this city receives millions of visitors who converge to fulfill the fifth pillar of Islam. Here are some facts about Makkah, along with tips to help you prepare to perform Hajj or the lesser pilgrimage of Umrah.