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Explain the meaning and the significance of the events of Hajj for a Muslim.

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Explain the meaning and the significance of the events of Hajj for a Muslim. Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca. It takes place on the eighth day of Hijjah on the Islamic calendar. Hajj has been taking place for over 1,400 years. All Muslims try to go to Mecca at least once in their lifetime. Mecca marks the direction in which all Muslim's pray; it is the birthplace of Muhammad (pbuh), the last prophet of Allah. Hajj is not a single event, it takes place over many days and has many rites, and these are: ? Rite of arrival to sacred territory ? A circular, then a linear ceremony of mobile prayer ? An exodus from an urban to a desert existence ? ...read more.

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That is where the ancient Zamzam well is. The well presents a fundamental wonder: water in a desert. Without it there would be no Mecca. Traditionally, each pilgrim takes a drink from it, to refresh himself and prepare for the rite that follows. Pilgrims must then walk between the two hills of Safa and Marwa. This symbolises Hagar's search for water for her thirsty son (Abraham). The 7th lap delivers the pilgrim to Marwa and completes the first set of the Hajj rites. Early in the morning of the 8th day of Hijjah, the pilgrims go out of the town to Mina Valley. This is the start of the 5 day journey into the desert. Dawn to Midnight - Day Two Mina is a 10 mile long desert valley, during the Hajj season every square inch of the valley is filled with several hundred thousand canvas tents arranged in small quad lateral villages. ...read more.

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Each pilgrim approaches the first pillar to aim well enough to hit it seven times. The symbolism of the act is quite important: The Hajj has left its pilgrims with a clean conscience. These pillars represent the devil. The pillars at Mina, mark the place where the Devil tried three times to persuade Abraham to go against God's command and not sacrifice his son, Isaac. Completion Now, the Hajj changes to three days of restful, stationary celebration. Three-day feast When they have returned to Mina for the three-day feast, the Eid-ul-Adha. Some pilgrims if they wish return to Mecca to do what they did when they arrived. Males will have shaved heads by now and women will have had a lock of hair cut off. This symbolises that the pilgrim can now resume his normal life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Stephanie Derry 4190 25210 ...read more.

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