• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Describe what happens when a Muslim participates on Hajj

Extracts from this document...


Describe what happens when a Muslim participates on Hajj Hajj is arguably the peak of a Muslims religious life, and is undoubtedly one of the most attended pilgrimages of any religion in the world. It consists of a number of different rituals and activities performed by over 3 million Muslims from around the world, between the 8th and 13th of Dhul-Hijja , the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is a religious requirement for every Muslim to partake on Hajj at least once in their lifetime, excluding the lesser pilgrimage of Umrah, which can take place at any time of the year. The pilgrimage begins when all Muslims partaking undergo the spiritual preparation of Ihram. This involves putting on the required dress which consists of two pieces of basic, white seamless cloth, all men shaving their heads and sandals that allow the toes and back of the ankle to be exposed. There is no prescribed dress for women, but they usually follow similar rules to the men wearing seamless cloth dresses which cover the ankles. ...read more.


Later on in the day, the pilgrims perform Sa'y or the 'running' between the hills of Mt Safa and Mt Marwah. This used to be in the open air, but is now performed entirely underground in air conditioned tunnels, and there is only a short section of the track where the pilgrims are permitted to run, because of health and safety reasons. There is also an extra lane for the disabled. As part of this particular ritual, the pilgrims then drink from the ZamZam well, which is available in coolers throughout the Great Mosque. The pilgrims then travel to Mina, usually by foot, where they spend the night in prayer and meditation, in a city of temporary tents set up by the Saudi Arabian government. The following day they will travel to the plain of Arafat and Mt of Mercy and spend the day, and most specifically the afternoon, praying. There is no specific programme of events or sermon held on this day, but it is required for every pilgrim to spend at least the afternoon praying, meditating, and considering the rest of their life path, else the pilgrims Hajj is considered invalid. ...read more.


Traditionally, goats, sheep camels and cows are sacrificed, but any animal can be sacrificed if these are unavailable. Butcher houses, will slaughter one sheep or goat per person, or a camel or cow can be enough sacrifice for up to 7 people. On Hajj, the meat is then packaged and sent to the poor, but other Muslims celebrating the festival worldwide are only required to donate a third of the meat to the poor, although many people will donate more. Finally, the pilgrims must leave Mina before sunset on the 12th and travel to Mecca, for the Tawaf al-Wada, or the 'farewell' tawaf. It consists of the same routine as the first tawaf that was performed on the 8th Dhul-Hijja. On the 13th of Dhul-Hijja, the pilgrims have finished the required events of Hajj and go their own ways. Many will travel to Medina to visit the Mosque of the Prophet, which is home to the tomb of Mohammed and his daughter Fatimah. Others may travel elsewhere around Mecca for sightseeing and pleasure, while others may just go home. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Hajj section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Hajj essays

  1. Describe what happens when a Muslim participates on Hajj.

    Furthermore, all debts and financial responsibilities will be tried to be resolved before starting the journey. The pilgrim will also seek forgiveness and try to make amends with those who he or she may have hurt in the past. Before the pilgrim leaves for Hajj he or she will make

  2. Religious Education Hajj Coursework

    The hajj celebrates many different events from Islamic history, with stories from the Qur'an that back up the history, so a Muslim might want to go to celebrate with the Ummah these special events. "Hajj celebrates 3 particular events in Muslim history; forgiveness and reunion with Adam and Eve, Prophet

  1. Describe why a Muslim might take part in Hajj and what this involves?

    Some would have started chanting prayers while performing Tawaf, but some like to wait until Arafat because it is said that there is no day when Allah is more likely to listen to prayers than the day of Arafat. After Arafat is finished Muslims proceed to Muzdalifah which lies between Mina and Arafat.

  2. Describe What happens during Hajj ...

    The circulation of the Kabba (temple) is extremely well organized. It has special walkways for the disabled and has different speed zones, indicated by signs. Everybody goes around in an anti-clockwise direction and those close enough may even get to kiss the black stone.

  1. What is Hajj? Describe and Explain why a Muslim would take part in the ...

    Once they have left the Ka'bah they make personal prayer (Du'a) at the station of Abraham. Then they perform s'ay; this is the walking between the two hills the Safa and Marwah in Makka seven times. The final thing they do that day is drink from the Zamzam well.

  2. Describe what happens on Hajj.

    The substitute must have already completed Hajj them selves. Muslims that genuinely cannot make the journey have to declare that it is Niyyah, their unquestionable heartfelt intention, to go on Hajj. The duty is then considered to have been accomplished. This shows that Hajj isn't just about doing the physical journey.

  1. What is Hajj?

    With that, one is allowed to come out of Ihram. He can wear other clothing and do everything that was lawful before Ihram except engaging in marital relations. Afterwards, when the pilgrim is ready, they should go to Mecca to perform Tawaf and Sa'yi, which is still part of Hajj.

  2. Hajj - Pilgrimage to Mecca

    At the plain of Arafat, there is also the place where Muhammad(pbuh) said to have given his farewell sermon, this place is known as the Mount of Mercy. After the sunset of the 9th Dhul-Hijja, the Muslim should make his way to Muzdalifah where pebbles are collected.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work