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In this essay I will select five rituals of hajj, describe them and their spiritual meanings for Muslim pilgrims. I will start of with Ihram.

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Select and Describe 5 rituals of Hajj which will be of spiritual value to Muslim pilgrims In this essay I will select five rituals of hajj, describe them and their spiritual meanings for Muslim pilgrims. I will start of with Ihram. Ihram actually occurs just before Hajj. Being in the state of Ihram requires women to wear plain clothes and Men to wear two white sheets tied together. This is very uncomfortable. This is also showing modesty on the woman's part. This also deters the possibility of any sexual distractions. Whilst in the state of Ihram men's head's must be uncovered whereas women must cover every part of their body with the exceptions of their hands, face and feet. As everyone is wearing the same it is uniting all the Muslim's into one huge Ummah. It is also showing equality as everyone is wearing exactly the same regardless of status or color. This is also showing they are humble. ...read more.

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The Muslim must pray whilst on his journey around the Kab'ah. This would bring them closer to God. As the Tawaf is a compulsory section of hajj, Mecca is packed full of Muslims. This would give the sense of unity and harmony. By performing Tawaf they are following the Sun'nah as Muhammad also did this upon his return to Mecca. This is the Direction all Muslims face when praying normally and performing Salah. The next ritual is Sa'y. Whilst performing Sa'y, Muslims travel between the Safa and Marwa hills. On this journey, men must run and women must walk. This symbolizes Hajar's search for water when her son was dying. She had faith in Allah when she returned. She was rewarded as at Ishmael's feet was the spring Zam-Zam. This is telling Muslims to have faith and they will be rewarded with paradise. Also Hajar's search for water symbolizes a Muslims search for true life. Again the Talbiya is said yet again with the rules of Men must shout this and the women must say it. ...read more.

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The standing at Arafat is known as the holiest event a Muslim can be a part of. It is the point of acceptance or rejection for a Muslim. Also, when the day of judgement comes, this will be it's venue. This is also where Allah reunited Adam and Eve. Yet again they are reminded of the prophets. Also whilst going through the pain of the stand they will feel a connection to Allah. The final ritual I will describe is 'The stoning at Mina'. Here, at Mina there are 3 pillars called Jamras. These represent the devil. The Muslims on Hajj throw stones at these pillars 'releasing' all their anger and Hatred with the devil. This is showing their resistance to temptation and their rejection of evil. This stoning occurs on different days ending with a total of 70 stones being thrown. This is the symbolic action of rededication to Allah. This is where Shaytan tried to tempt Ibrahim into not killing Ishmael but he had faith in Allah and rejected the evil. He was rewarded. Therefore this stoning of the devil shows obedience and submission to Allah. This is the fundamental belief in Islam. ...read more.

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