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The Hajj

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The Hajj The Hajj is the greatest pilgrimage, which can be only taken in Dhul-Hajjah. This event only happens on a year, during the 12th month of the lunar calendar and the main events last up to 5-6 days. However, for some it can last for up to 9days if they participate in the Urmah, the lesser pilgrimage, which can also be taken at anytime. This expedition is an enormous gathering of every Muslim, male and female, who are of the adult age, physically, mentally and financially fit. If however, they can't make it for these reasons they can be excused from participating on this pilgrimage only if they have heartfelt intentions to do so, the duty in considered fulfilled. The Hajj is an emotional and spiritual journey for Muslims to Makkah, 'the mother town' (42:7), the centre of Islam. Whilst in Makkah one of the main focal points for Muslims on this pilgrimage is the Ka'bah which is also called the Baitullah, the house of God. As the Hajj is the last on the 5 pillars, this makes it obligatory, the 'duty of all men' (Qu'ran 3:91), which in Arabic is called Fard and is to also be completed once in their life. The Hajj is the 5th Pillar of Islam and is probably the largest, most spectacular convention of people at any one time and is said to be the biggest gathering of people until the day of judgement. This holy journey is one of the most critical parts to the developments of Islam as it has been carried on through out fourteen centuries with the participation of over 2million Muslims from all over the world. ...read more.

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From these lessons pilgrims will then set out with their heart clearly set out for the Hajj and forget all other worries and pleasures in their normal life and not get distracted by anything or anyone, by doing this there is now just half done. Special Clothes: In accord to preparing mentally and spiritually the pilgrims also need to remember the Irham, the special clothes worn during the pilgrimage. This item of clothing is significant because of its simplicity which emphasises the equality of everyone and that's how Allah had created them in the being. The Ihram is a symbol of being in a state of spiritual purity and consists of a white seamless garment. The garment is specifically designed for both men and women. The women's Ihram is in the form of a loose dress where as the men wear two unsewn pieces of cloth, one of which is wrapped from waist to ankle the next is hung over the left shoulder. This garment is similar to the clothes worn by Muhammad and the Prophets before him, which again pilgrims follow in addition to them originally doing it in this manner. However, before the pilgrims put on the Ihram they take a purify shower, often known as the Ghusl or they can either perform Wudu but mostly Ghusl, as it is the complete washing ritual. During the washing ritual the men may apply perfume to their body but the women are forbidden to do so but after Ghusl both men and women are not allowed to use any perfume, not even soap. This all happens before they reach Makkah. ...read more.

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For example, during the Hajj, Muslims make animal sacrifices, which is given to the poor and the needy. Christians also give to the needy during Lent. The churches hold services were Christians meet and fast to remember Jesus not giving into temptation in the wilderness. The money what would have been spent on lunch is donated to charities that provide food to people who are in need of it. However, in contrast to this argument, its not a matter of being more religious than some people to either celebrate or not celebrate on special occasions. It is however, a case of glorify these specials days just because people have done so for many years or really understanding the truth behind event and acknowledging that you are celebrating for the right reason not just for fun. So in my opinion, I think that having these special days and places allocated to important events are necessary. I think this because in a way it ensures that even though with more variegated races, cultures and beliefs in the world today people can still turn to these days and celebrate the reason for why it is so significant to their religion. Also I think that without having these days and places dedicated to their religion, the religion wouldn't have developed into what it has, in a sense that rites, which were enforced by God and reinforced by Prophets, would have probably been forgotten. For example the Hajj or any pilgrimage is a journey to remind people or to tell people about historic events and let people relive these events to get an insight on what actually happened literally, not just by reading it. This is think is a more effective way of understanding certain aspects, which again backs me up on my opinion. ...read more.

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