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

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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.

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