|In this his latest work,
eminent Islamic scholar Martin Lings discusses the significance of
the pilgrimage to Mecca in the light of the tradition of Abraham.
Drawing upon his own experience of performing the pilgrimage first
in 1946 and then again in 1978, as well referring to the traditional
sources he describes how the Hajj, proclaimed and established by
Abraham and Ishmael about 4,000 years ago, and renewed by the
Prophet Muhammad some fourteen hundred years ago, has continued to
be performed without a break until the present day, its spiritual
meaning as profound and timeless as ever.