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The Hajj.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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