Rising through obstacles, a disabled couple from Kuantan municipality in Pahang, Malaysia, has worked hard by selling tissues for 16 years to earn the chance of performing hajj to Makkah.
Indicating the start of the hajj season, Saudi officials raised ka`bah kiswa, garment, on Wednesday, August 9, as a precautionary measure to prevent people from damaging it during pilgrimage season.
A new campaign to highlight the peaceful message of hajj was launched on Monday, August 6, in Saudi Arabia, as the holy lands prepare to welcome hundreds of thousands of pilgrims later this month.
Eight British Muslims have set off for Saudi Arabia on their bikes hoping to arrive just in time for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, to fall this year on August.
In this Al Jazeera video, Basma Atassi takes you on a tour to see the major landmarks that millions of Muslims visit during the period of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage.
As modern means of transportation offer easy and short journeys to Makkah, many Muslims from across the world are choosing to visit the holy city for hajj or umrah walking, biking or cycling, praying for a greater reward from Allah.
Learning about hajj at home, thousands of Malaysian children took part in a practice run for the Muslim Haj pilgrimage last Monday, walking round a model of the holy Kaa`ba in Makkah.