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The pilgrimage has its economic benefits for Muslims. They come from various walks of life; some are traders or industrialists, others are capitalists or farmers. They can discuss the economic problems of their mutual benefits; exchange of technical know-how or skill, or exchange of goods and machinery between them.

Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and is an act of ibadah (worship), like prayer and fasting. It is a religious duty and is obligatory, once in their lifetime, for all those Muslim who can afford to perform it. All the five pillars of Islam perform very important and specific functions in training a Muslim for the service of Islam. 

7. Zubayr Ibn al-Awwam

He is al-Zubayr Ibn al-Awam Ibn Khuwaylid Ibn Asad al-Qurashi al-Asadi (ra). He was very tall, his hair was thick but his beard’s hair was sparse. His complexion was light brown, and he didn’t dye his hair but left it grey. He is a cousin of the Prophet (saw), the son of Safiyyah bin Abdul Muttalib. He was one of the early Muslims who migrated to Abyssinia. He was the first to draw a sword for Islam; he accompanied the Messenger of Allah (saw) on all military expeditions including Badr and Uhud.