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Hajj and Ramadan.

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Hajj Islam has two main celebrations. The first is after the completion of Ramadan, the Islamic month during which Muslims fast daily from dawn to sunset as part of an effort towards self-purification. This holiday is known as Eid ul-Fitr. The second main celebration takes place during the time of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah. This week-long event occurs during the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, and it's a holiday known as Eid ul-Adha. The Hajj has several parts. Over two million Muslims perform the pilgrimage annually. 1a what is Hajj? Hajj is a duty to be performed once in a lifetime by every adult and they have to be sane also free and able to move, both male and females can perform Hajj. The Hajj is pilgrimage the Muslims make in Makkah. This is where the Ka'bah is located. The male pilgrim must wear an ihram as he makes the pilgrimage, for women a long white garment is suitable. The Hajj is a must do for every Muslim at least once in their lifetime, if they can afford it. Some of the rituals include walking around the Ka'bah, drinking from the well of the holy Zam Zam water, walking back and forth between the hills of Safa and Marwa and sacrificing an animal. 1b why do Muslims take part in Hajj? Muslims take part in Hajj because it is obligatory to Muslims and they have to take part in Hajj at least once in their lifetime. ...read more.

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The third is piety and fear of God. This means that a man should fear God's wrath and to save himself from the consequences faced by those who invited God's wrath. The fourth is love. It urges a person to help in the cause of God, makes him ready to protect the honour of the religion and makes him even sacrifice his life if ever need be. 2a different stages of Hajj 2b the problems whilst with performing Hajj Tap water is not safe to drink anywhere in Saudi Arabia. It is brackish water obtained from bore holes and brought to the hotels in tankers drinking this could cause serious problems. Arthritis is also a big problem if not treated before departure to Hajj. Back strain is a common problem. Most people suffer some back pain during their lifetime. Back strains take time to heal sometimes up to a month. Prolapsed discs take longer to heal. Fungal infections of the feet cause extreme pain whilst walking this is a big problem whilst Hajj is being performed. Diabetics also can turn ill because there might be sugar in tea in take-aways so Diabetics need to take precautions whilst on Hajj because if not then there could be serious problems also the poor medical status in Saudi Arabia could cauase problems. High blood pressure sometimes causes problems but is not so common. ...read more.

Conclusion

Spiritually Muslims become better people if they go because then they are purified and cleansed also free of sins. You aren't a 'lesser' Muslim if you don't go to Hajj once in your life in you can't afford it but if you are wealthy enough and don't go then think that that's just selfish and then in that case they are a 'lesser' Muslim. Some Muslims would not agree with this because it is their duty to God, it's one of the five pillars. A Muslim who has completed Hajj would feel free of sins. Therefore they would lead a better life. Another point they make is that if God orders it to be done then there must be a good reason for doing it. They believe that God is present but they want to show their true love towards Allah. Non-religious atheists and Muslims would think it was a waste of time. God is not present, he doesn't even exist. I disagree, I think that if the Muslims feel Hajj is necessary, I think that's o.k but I also believe that they don't need to show their love towards god. This is because God is everywhere so he knows to what lengths a Muslim would go for Him. So I believe that a true pilgrimage is really a journey within and some times a Muslim would try to show there love for Allah but not really mean it. Allah only cares bout there intention so there's no point showing love if you don't really want to. ...read more.

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