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Islam Coursework : Hajj.

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Islam Coursework : Hajj Darren Preston From a Muslim perspective the greatest reward in life is to be able to perform hajj or pilgrimage to 'Makkah' or Mecca. If hajj is translated it can be read as 'set out with a definite purpose' and this journey is the duty of every devout Muslim that can afford it. Muslims are only expected to visit the ka'bah providing they are physically fit. They must do this and stand on mount Arafat before Allah (pbuh) or god at least once in there lifetime. The Qur'an mentions around 100 names for Allah through which Muslims may understand and recognize Him, and His responsibilities for the whole Universe. However if for any reason they cannot forfill this duty, for example because of financial reasons then Muslims are allowed to group together there savings and send a representative on the religious journey, this collection of money is called Sadaqah this is not the same as zakat which is about giving money throughout a Muslims life (2.5%), this differ because the sending of a representative is in the form of 'Niyyah' which means intention. This can be accepted because it is the general intention of a person to perform Hajj and even if they do not go in person there intentions will be known by God and accepted. ...read more.

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The place where the pilgrims camp is called Muzdalifah, here, stones are collected ready to stone the devil at a place called Mina to show there hate towards him and to become reassured of their love for Allah (pbuh) The feast of Id-ul-adha is the climax of the hajj festival and is also a major festival in the Islamic year, it takes place in the hajj month, which is two months after the close of Ramadan. It is the celebration to commemorate the victory of Ibrahim and his faith alongside him over the temptations of the devil, the celebrations renews every Muslims commitment to god and allows them to feel refreshed about their beliefs. Hajj holds the most meaning out of any belief or festival a Muslim has, it can change the way a Muslim approaches life and how he/she goes about their daily happenings. The events that they experience have a major influence on their thoughts and duties throughout life, so this event can be said to be the catalyst within the life of any Muslim who performs hajj. The Prophet Ishmael (Isma'il) was a Messenger and a Prophet; he was the son of Abraham and Hagar, Abraham's second wife. ...read more.

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to God himself without having any distractions whatsoever this way they can commit the whole of their hajj to god and his beliefs. The Hajj is designed to develop an awareness of God and a sense of spiritual up-liftment. It is also believed to be an opportunity to seek forgiveness of sins a person has committed though life. Prophet Muhammad had said that a person who performs Hajj properly "will return as a newly born baby [free of all sins]." The pilgrimage also enables Muslims from all around the world, of different colors, languages, races, and ethnicities, to come together in a spirit of universal brotherhood to worship the One together. The statement " A true pilgrimage is a journey within" is the most important reason behind performing hajj as it is a holds a new outlook on life and once having performed this a Muslim can share his/her experiences and is now knows the real feeling of what his/her religion is about, another reason why I feel this statement is true is because often hajj is so powerful that it has the ability to change peoples lives, it also enhances the way they perform day to day activities in the eyes of God and it often makes their faith and beliefs for their religion a lot stronger. ...read more.

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