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

"Hajj is really a journey within". Do you agree or disagree?

Extracts from this document...


RE Coursework C On the one hand I think that Hajj is not only a journey within, as there are parts that will inflict great physical damage and take a great toll on many Muslims. Each event proves to be both mentally and physically challenging, especially the Sai; the main rite of Umra and part of Hajj, it is the proceeding between the hills of Safa and Marwa seven times, and also the Stand, as previously mentioned. One could say that as long as these events are involved, the pilgrimage is not only a journey within, and without them, you would not be following the example of the Prophet Muhammad. Furthermore, if there were no physical side to the Hajj experience, then how would it be possible for a pilgrim to remember? ...read more.


As well as this, certain Muslims may do a lot of exercise and certain events, such as the Sai, would prove to be no struggle for them. Aamer Chaudray, a journalist from Pakistan made the journey to Mecca on behalf of his father, who had passed away. He said that he believed that his father "would have a better position in afterlife" and that he felt his father was "with him". This shows that Aamer doesn't fear death and wants to join with God, but most of all, highlights the spirituality involved with Hajj, and its "journey within", as he is informing us of how the journey influenced the way he felt inside; making him closer to his father and God, not physically. ...read more.


To sum up I believe that participating in Hajj is really a journey within. After looking at both sides of the argument I thought that the fact that Hajj is a spiritual journey was more fitting, as it is one of the five pillars of Islam, and its meaning is to set out with a definite purpose; in this case getting closer to God. The pilgrimage to Hajj is a once in a lifetime journey, and the spirituality involved is far more important than the physicality; Mecca is the holy city of Islam and is home to the Black Stone in the Ka'bah, which is believed to be a meteorite sent by God as a sign to Abraham, who built it into the Ka'bah. The holiness involved in the journey is indescribable. Jake Scaddan 11L ...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. Religious Education Hajj Coursework

    The Muslim taking part in the hajj will therefore ensure that they follow the Pillars, and ensure that they do what is required of them from Allah. Everyone who can takes part in Hajj at least once in his or her life if possible.

  2. Hajj - Pilgrimage to Mecca

    The throwing of the stones at the pillars symbolises and re-enacts the time when Abraham got rid of the devil that try to stop him from sacrificing his son, Abraham did this by throwing stones at the devil, so therefore Muslims similarly throw pebbles at the pillars.

  1. Islam Fact file.

    Muslims believe that the words of the Qur'an should not be changed in any way, because they are the words of Allah. All Muslims can recite parts of the Qur'an in Arabic. The Qur'an is treated with great respect and so it is carefully wrapped when it is not in use.

  2. RE coursework HAJJ

    So today, Muslims throw their stones at these pillars seven times. It is a way of showing that they reject evil and wish to follow God. After the first pillar is stoned, an animal is sacrificed. (this is part of the festival of Eid-al-Aldhaa held all over the world).

  1. A true pilgrimage is really a journey within

    The same applies for the physical side though. If there was no physical side of Hajj then a Muslim may forget their experience. Plus only in extreme cases will a Muslim not find any of the events challenging. The physical can aid the mental side of Hajj. Ihram for example means that a Muslim will put on their

  2. On pilgrimage. Explain the significance and the symbolic meanings of what you did.

    Food here is really nice we went to a traditional restaurant for dinner and the food was lush. Day 4: today I am going to relive the day of the last supper. No one knows exactly where it took place but earlier Christians wanted somewhere to commemorate this event.

  1. Hajj Coursework

    Explain the meaning and significance of the events of Hajj for a Muslim The first thing the Muslims do when they arrive in Mecca is get into the state of Ihram. Everyone washes them self and dresses in white. The male pilgrim's garb of two unsown white cloths must be

  2. Death and the Afterlife

    If the person has taken the holy pilgrimage to Makka they would of brought back sheets which they would of worn during the pilgrimage and been washed in the waters of the holy well Zam-Zam during the pilgrimage. If they have done this during the course of their life their

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