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Islam Coursework – Hajj

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Islam Coursework - Hajj What is Hajj? Hajj is the 5th pillar of Islam. The pillar symbolises making the pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims believe that the pilgrimage to Mecca is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If a Muslim does not do the pilgrimage they are not considered disrespectful, but it is advised that they go once in their lifetime to fulfil the 5th pillar. This is the hardest pillar to fulfil. "Perform the pilgrimage and the visit (to Mecca) for Allah." (Qur'an 2:196). Describe and explain why a Muslim might take part in the Hajj and what this involves? The Hajj is where a Muslim can stand before Allah and other Muslims and respect what the Prophet Muhammad said. Not everyone has to go on the Hajj, for Muslims who live near Mecca the journey can be made many times, but for most it is nearly impossible. Sometimes families club together to raise enough for one representative to go on their behalf. The Hajj is supposed to be made between 8 and 13 Dhul-Hajjah, (twelfth month). If a Muslim goes at any other time it is known as the Umrah, or a less significant pilgrimage. There are certain rules for pilgrims. ...read more.

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They throw 7 pebbles at each of the three pillars. Some Muslims continue to the 13th. Explain the meaning and significance of the events of the Hajj for Muslims? Each section of the Hajj has a meaning or action and significance from the past. When a Muslim first goes to the ka'bah they are symbolising their love for their God. They then walk seven times between Safa and Marwah, this is for them to think they too can feel how Hajar did as she searched for water. The clothes they wear symbolise equality and self-sacrifice. All of the other places on the Hajj have meanings as well. ? The great Mosque - This is the Mosque, which all Muslims wish to go to in order to feel part of the Muslim family, and belong to their God. ? The Ka'bah - The meaning of the ka'bah is when Adam was sent down from heaven and he walked until he got to Arabia, where God let down the ka'bah for Adam to pray. ? Plain of Arafat and mount Mercy - This is where God is said to reunite Adam and Eve. ? Mina -This signifies when Ibrahim and his family resisted temptation not to sacrifice his son, as Allah requested. ...read more.

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"And proclaim among men the pilgrimage, and they shall come unto thee on foot and upon every lean beast, they shall come from every deep ravine." (Qur'an 22:27) This means that in the Qur'an it tells a Muslim to do the pilgrimage on foot, but I feel if a Muslim feels it is acceptable to spiritually be on a pilgrimage, then it's all right. Some Muslims think that the whole point of doing the pilgrimage in the first place is to experience the physical and mental pain that Hargar experienced whilst on her frantic search for water. For these Muslims it is essential that they complete the Hajj at least once in their lifetime. The other sort of Muslims feel that it would be a privilege to complete the Hajj, but if are mentally taking part it is almost the same as physically taking part. They could argue that there is no point in going if there is no spiritual dimension to the journey within. Some feel that way because they cannot afford to go themselves, but if they help to pay for someone else to go, it shows intent. I think that to be a Muslim physically taking part in the Hajj would be an amazing sensation and opportunity; being united with Muslims from around the world. Katie Best 11.6 ...read more.

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