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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.

4. Ali Ibn Abi Talib (D. 40 AH)

He is Ali Ibn Abi Talib Ibn Abdul Muttalib Ibn Hashim al-Qurashi al-Hashimi (ra). Abu Turab was one of the most beloved names to him due to the Prophet (saw) calling him. The fourth Rightly Guided Khalifah and one of the ten promised Paradise.