Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire
On February 17, 2001, The Associated Press State & Local Wire reported that "metro Detroit Muslims are anticipating their first hajj as the ultimate expression of their piety." The hajj is a pilgrimage to Islam's most sacred sites in Saudi Arabia and "is required once in a lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it." It includes a trek to the city of Mecca, the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad, Islam's founder. 2 million pilgrims are expected to travel to Saudi Arabia this year for the hajj.