Islam requires that every Muslim who is able must make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime.
Controversy has arisen in the United States because Muslims are now demanding they be given paid vacations to go to Mecca, where millions of Muslims gather at the Kaaba, which houses the very essence of Islamic faith—a black stone perhaps the size of an average wastebasket.
Michael W. Hoggard is the author of “The King James Code” and serves as senior pastor of Bethel Church located in Festus, Missouri. He is the founder and director of Prophetic Research Ministries. He has spent many years researching the Scriptures and has discovered several biblical principles for understanding the Word of God as a prophetic voice. He has been called upon to lecture on college campuses, Bible conferences, and local churches. Mike, his wife Lisa, and their children, live just south of St. Louis, Missouri.