As Muslims from around the world gather in Mecca this week for the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage to the holiest city in Islam, 63% of American Muslims say making the pilgrimage is very important. Every able-bodied Muslim is expected to make the pilgrimage — one of the Five Pillars of Islam — at least once in his or her lifetime, and the Hajj attracts millions of believers every year. A small minority of American Muslims (15%) say this practice is “not too” or “not at all important.” Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.