Hajj stories

Each year, over 25,000 British Muslims go on the pilgrimage to Mecca, known as Hajj. The British Museum asked people who had been on this journey to share their experiences.


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  Hajj exhibition introduction video

Introduction to the exhibition

One of the five pillars of Islam central to Muslim belief, Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able.

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Hajj stories highlights

We asked what Hajj means to you. Here some Hajjis share their memorable experiences.

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Reflections on the exhibition

Over 140,000 people from across the UK and the world visited the exhibition Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam at the British Museum in 2012.

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A grand departure to Mecca

One of the star objects of the exhibition is this magnificent mahmal which would have travelled on top of a camel on the route to Mecca.

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