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Select, Describe and Explain those rituals of the Hajj which will be of spiritual value to the pilgrim

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Select, Describe and Explain those rituals of the Hajj which will be of spiritual value to the pilgrim There are five main rituals, which hold a spiritual value to the pilgrim on Hajj. These are Ihram, Tawaf, Sa'y, at the Plain of Arafat and Jamras (Mina). These are not all of the rites of Hajj, but they are the main ones. Each rite holds a symbolic meaning and spiritual value to the pilgrim. Ihram is a physical state and a spiritual one. Wearing Ihram puts the pilgrim in a frame of mind ready for worship and total worship, not thinking about worldly things. Ihram, for men, is two sheets of unsown white cloth, one draped around the waist, one over the left shoulder. For women, there is nothing specified but it must cover the whole body except for the hands and it must not touch the face. ...read more.

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By doing this first, it shows that you are willing to put God first. Tawaf is the circling of the Ka'bah and symbolizes the love for God. Pilgrims run or walk at a fast pace around the Ka'bah seven times while saying prayers. The pilgrims try to walk in the Prophet's footsteps as when he conquered Makkah and circled the Ka'bah seven times. As the pilgrims arrive, they say 'Labbaika, Allahumma, Labbaika!' which in English means 'At your command!' This statement lets Allah know that they are ready to dedicate their lives to Him. If the pilgrim can get near the Black Stone, they will kiss or touch it. Sa'y is the running between Safa and Marwah seven times. It is in memory of Hagar's desperate search to find water for the dying Isma'il. Miraculously, Jibril showed her a spring called Zamzam and Ismail survived. It symbolizes patience and determination in getting through the Hajj and the burning desire of finding Allah. ...read more.

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Wuquf cleans the mind and soul. At Mina, the stoning of the pillars takes place. They represent the devil when he tried to trick Ibrahim not to sacrifice Isma'il, saying that it was a lie. Ibrahim was not deterred and was about to do it when Allah stopped him. It was a test of his faith. Pilgrims collect stones and throw them at the pillars. This represents stoning the devil, and scaring evil away. This is a way for the pilgrims to show their hatred towards the devil. Instead of sacrificing Isma'il, Allah told Ibrahim to sacrifice an animal instead and this is a tradition nowadays. All Muslims celebrate Id-ul-Adha, whether on Hajj or not. It lasts for three days and represents ummah. An animal is sacrificed and it represents Ibrahim's unquestioning devotion to Allah. Most of the meat is given away to the poor- this act symbolizes our willingness to give something up which we take pleasure from to follow Allah's wishes. ...read more.

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