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Hajj - a pilgrimage to Makkah.

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Hajj is a pilgrimage to Makkah. It is one of the five basic duties a Muslim must do; it is also the fifth pillar of Islam. Muslims go on Hajj on the 12th month of the Islamic Calendar. It is between the 18th and 13th of Dull Hijjah. About 2 million Muslims go to Makkah to make the hajj. Makkah is so crowded at this time if the year that Muslims who have already been on Hajj are not encouraged to go again. Muslims take part in because it is a duty all Muslims must do and they also go because they will have there sins forgiven. On Hajj Muslims have to go to the Great Mosque, the Ka'ba, Mina, Muzdalifah, the plain of Arafat and Mount of Mercy. Muslims go to the Ka'bah, which is also known as a Baitullah (the house of Allah). The Ka'bah is a plain, cube shaped building made of blocks. They go to the Ka'bah to pray. ...read more.

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* Men must not wear jewellery. * No one should use perfume. * Men must not cover their head. * Women are not allowed to cover their faces. * No one is allowed to cut his or her hair or fingernails {because they must not interface with nature]. * To show love for nature for nature, no plants may be pulled up or trees cut down. * To express simplicity, everyone must go bare foot or wear open sandals. * To show unity with God creatures, no animals must be killed. Muslims must not show aggression. Once in the state of ihram, pilgrims must not worry over their personal appearance. They must be mindful of Allah's laws, and must avoid all violence. Muslims must not treat the pilgrimage as a sacrifice to Allah, and must avoid any sexual relationships; during the time of Hajj they must devote themselves wholly to Allah for this intense period of their lives. This is expressed in the frequent pilgrim calls of proudly at your service O God. ...read more.

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Also they are no luxuries the rich will probably suffer the most because at home they have big houses and on their pilgrimage they have to live in a tent. Visiting Hajj will affect your life as a believer. People might feel joy on having reached The House of Allah. People might forget their problems and worries by going o Hajj, sharper awareness of the brevity of life. People might feel on going back to Makkah, some might want to teach the teaching of Muhammad on to the younger generation. I agree that a true pilgrimage is a journey within because Muslims who go on Hajj need to go with the right attitude and the intentions of there is no point of them going because they do not have the intention and the state of mind on going on Hajj. However those who cannot go because of money or other circumstances Allah understands as he knows and sees all. Muslims should always ask for forgiveness and seek mercy of Allah through Salat and Sawm. Muslims should go on Hajj as they are showing Allah they are doing the 5th pillar of Islam. ...read more.

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