Jakarta 14 June 2013
Shinta & Duncan performed Umroh (mini Haj) in May 2013. Photos of this special event are shown on the following pages.
Ka'ba (Kaaba), the holiest place in Islam, is a large black cuboid-shaped building inside the al-Masjid al-Haram mosque ("Grand Mosque"), in Makkah.
One of the Five Pillars of Islam requires every Muslim to perform the Haj pilgrimage at least once in his or her lifetime if able to do so. Multiple parts of the Haj require pilgrims to walk seven times around the Ka' ba in a counter-clockwise direction (as viewed from above). This circumnavigation, the Tawaf, is also performed by pilgrims during the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage). However, the most dramatic times are during the Haj, when about 2 million pilgrims gather to circle the building on the same day.