• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Hajj.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Introduction The word Islam means submission to god, Islam is a peaceful religion it has strong views on how everyone is equal before the eyes of god and how we must treat one another. There are thousands of Muslims around the world who go on the pilgrimage of the Islamic faith it is known as Hajj and the point of it is to submit yourself to god although many religions have pilgrimages the Islamic one is one of the biggest in the world. What is Hajj? (Noun 1. Hajj - the fifth pillar of Islam is a pilgrimage to Mecca during the month of Dhu al-Qadah the 12th month of the Muslim calendar; at least once in a lifetime a Muslim is expected to make a religious journey to Mecca and the Kabah; "for a Muslim the Hajj is the ultimate act of worship") Hajj is the 5th pillar of Islam it is a pilgrimage to makkah and a obligation on every Muslim male and female, it is the duty of every male and female who can afford it and has sufficient means of travel if a Muslim can not afford the hajj or cannot get there it is known as niyyah. It is the wish of every devout Muslim to perform the Hajj. ...read more.

Middle

The Kabah ws later restored by Ibrahim with the help of his son Ismail there is a station of Ibrahim showing where he was supposed to of started rebuilding the Kabar and where he prayed. Pilgrims copy Ibrahim and pray here also. There is a door set into the wall of the Kabar but hardly anyone uses it as Muhammad (pbuh) destroyed the idols inside it as he believed the Kabah was purely for concentration on worship for Allah and restored so it was so. Set into the corner of the Kabar is a black stone said to be sent down from heaven and turnt black by peoples sins many pilgrims try to touch the stone others raise their hands in its direction whilst circling the Kabar.The Kabah is still very important today. It is part of the Muslims faith that they should pray 5 times a day towards the direction of the Kabah in makkah this brings about the idea of Unmah, the Islamic community, whatever your race job wealth you are all united in that you believe in the same god and you pray in the same direction towards the same place,the Kabah in Mecca. It is a building that symbolises the history and meaning of Islam. Seeing the Kabah for the pilgrims is a big deal for them, as they know what they can see what they pray towards every day 5 times a day. ...read more.

Conclusion

On the other hand pilgrimage can be shown as having no practical value it can be expensive and you may not bring anything back unless you have taken in your journey properly so it could be viewed as a waste of money. It can separate families for a while so when you are meant to be concentrating on god you could be thinking of them, which defeats the point of the pilgrimage. It could also be said that the main point of the pilgrimage which is worship and concentrating on god could be done at home so why travel such a long distance to do it. Personally I think that pilgrimage has a practical value but it may not be a souvenir or a gift you bring back pilgrimage can give you a greater understanding of your religion and the world. It can give you a spiritual guidance in how to live and can help you to help others and find the better things in life. You can make new friends and help your family with what you have learnt it can help you overcome hardships and make you more resilient to do wrong and help you to do right. Overall everyone could learn a lot from pilgrimage if they were more open-minded. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Hajj section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Hajj essays

  1. Hajj and its importance to Muslims?

    What Difficulties might there be for a Muslim performing hajj? Muslims take part in the Hajj because it is one of the Fifth pillars of Islam also because they do it for Allah's sake and command. Participating in Hajj prepares and affects a Muslims life in many ways.

  2. Explain and anylayze Hajj and Makkah

    being no superiority to one over any other except by the individual excellence in the matter of piety and fear of God; (iii)

  1. Free essay

    What is Hajj?

    In this case the Muslim can pay another existing Hajji to attend on their behalf, or donate their savings for Hajj to charity. If they do this they will be blessed as fully as if they had completed Hajj themselves.

  2. Religious Education Hajj Coursework

    Women usually wear a simple white dress and headscarf, or their own native dress". (http://islam.about.com/od/hajj/f/ihram.htm) However, they do not cover their face, as they trust the men having a pure heart. Vanity is discouraged, and Muslims approach pilgrimage in as natural a state as possible.

  1. The Hajj

    Hajj for example, mental and spiritual preparations which helps a pilgrim reach the stage of Niyyah, good intentions. Often many pilgrims will have to attend special lessons to learn about the Hajj and that they are doing the Hajj for the right reason not just for the benefits of themselves.

  2. Religion, wealth + Poverty

    It requires a great deal of effort. Quotes from the Quran "O believers! Don't cancel your charity by reminders of your generosity, or by holding it against them like those who give their wealth only to be seen by other...they are like hard, barren rock on which is little soil.

  1. Describe why a Muslim might take part in Hajj and what this involves?

    White also represents purity because the colour itself is pure and if a Muslim wears white then he/she can become 'pure'. Plus white is also one shade and one colour which links to the Muslim community being as one and God as being one and one alone.

  2. b) Explain why some Christians go ...

    go, to give thanks or express love, faith or belief to/in God, to visit a sacred place described or mentioned in the Bible or finally for atonement. They want to enhance their prayer and focus on God and they believe going on pilgrimage does this.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work