An original picture of the Holy Kaaba taken by one of our Hujjaj's. The holy Kaaba is a building in the centre of Islam's most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram, in Makkah Saudi Arabia. It is Islam’s most sacred site. It is considered to be the "House of Allah. Wherever you are in the world Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba when performing Salah (prayer). From any point in the world, facing the direction of the Kaaba is known as the Qibla.
Islam consists of 5 pillars. One of which is to perform Hajj atleast once in their lifetime. Many parts of Hajj require pilgrims to make Tawaf, the circumambulation seven times around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction. Tawaf is also performed by pilgrims Umrah. During Hajj, when millions of pilgrims gather to circle the building within a 5-day period. In 2013, the number of pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj was officially reported as 1,379,531. In 2014, Saudi Arabia reported having completed Hajj permits for 1,389,053 international pilgrims and 63,375 for residents.