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How might Hajj affect the life of a Muslim?

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How might Hajj affect the life of a Muslim? Hajj as a whole will inspire a Muslim to do better for themselves, God and the community. Each event symbolises a key way on how a Muslim can change for the better and keep on the straight path for life. Though some Muslims will not change after coming back on Hajj, some may feel that it was not inspiring or helpful, others may feel that they are already the 'perfect' Muslim. Hajj has made great improvements in life for lots of Muslims. A good example of how Hajj might affect the life of a Muslim is Malcolm X. He was born Malcolm Little in 1925. His father was constantly harassed by the Ku Klux Klan and in 1931 his father was purposely hit by a tram. When Malcolm was a teenager he began to get involved with dangerous people, he started to sell drugs and steal. It was 1946 when Malcolm was arrested and sentenced to eight years in prison. While in prison he had joined a group called the Black Muslims. ...read more.

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The first event of Hajj, Ihram will help a Muslim's self discipline and to see how God intended life to be. When a Muslim has the correct intention it teaches him to be more forgiving and loving by practising this a Muslim will be able to have correct intention all of the time. The Tabilyah helps to keep a Muslim's mind focused on God all of the time. During Hajj if a Muslim keeps focused on God all of the time then this helps him on the straight path, this applies for most of the events on Hajj. During the Tawaf Muslim's may realise that their circling keeps them focused upon God and their religion. Having been inspired by the oneness of the movement and the oneness of the people could inspire a Muslim to make their own community a more strengthened union. It may make a Muslim think that they may need to go home and pray more than they did before and to help out more in the name of God and the community. The circling and the direction will tell a Muslim to keep the correct direction, the correct path, the path to God. ...read more.

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The story of how God tested Ibrahim should teach a Muslim to stay faithful to God and to always stick to God's word in the Qu'ran. The temptations that Ibrahim and his family faced will teach a Muslim that in life their will be times that you lose faith, but if you stick by God and Islam, the you shall prevail like Ibrahim did. The story could also remind a Muslim to make more sacrifices to God and not do the in Islam because you have to, but because you choose to for your love of God. The throwing of the pebbles will teach a Muslim to defeat all evil. This may make a Muslim stand in the face of Fear and evil and make an attempt to stop it. Id Ul Adha will make a Muslim realise that now that they have been forgiven and 'renewed' by God they a second chance in life to live it how they should. A Muslim may not want to be forgiven by going on Hajj again, so they may remain good so that they will not have to. Remaining to be good will obviously have positive effects on a Muslim but it will help them to become closer to God. ...read more.

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