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The hajj is a pilgrimage to Mekka, which all healthy Muslims must carry out.

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R.S Assignment The Hajj Candice Burton 10QY The hajj is a pilgrimage to Mekka, which all healthy Muslims must carry out. Although this is a compulsory journey, most Muslims would be honoured to go. The hajj is one of the five pillars therefore being an essential part of a Muslims' faith and practice. Muslims travel to Mekka to remember the trials of Abraham and his son and his sacrifice to show commitment to God. Muslims only have to go on this pilgrimage once in their lifetime but many choose to go more times. For some Muslims it is not possible to go every year because of money, ill health or age. If a Muslim family is poor then they will save up for at least one member of the family to go. Upon arriving in Mekka, Muslims wash and clean themselves known as ghusl and then change into white clothing called Ihram. ...read more.

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They start by raising their hands towards the black stone and reciting a prayer. They then circle the Ka'ba seven times anti-clockwise starting from the black stone. The Ka'ba is covered by a cloth called Kiswah. In the Qur'an it says the Ka'ba was originally built by Adam but was broken down and re-built by Abraham and Ishma'il. The Ka'ba is positioned in the centre so Muslims are the centre of their religion. From the Ka'ba they go to two small hills called Marwa and Safa. Here they run between the hills symbolising Hajar and his son Ishma'il frantically searching for water in the desert. This shows how Allah provides for people's needs as he guides them to the spring of Zam-Zam. This is known as Sa'i. The message in this story could be Hajar's patience and perseverance. The next stage in the hajj is the Mount of Mercy or Arafat. ...read more.

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As in the start, Muslims return to Mekka to once again circle the Ka'ba seven times anti-clockwise. The hajj has different meanings for each Muslim. If a Muslim child goes on the hajj they are likely to be excited and maybe nervous at the same time because it is their first time going. An older person might feel sad that they may never have the chance to go again however they are likely to have been many times therefore they have memories of going on the hajj. For Muslims who are poorer they may feel sad that they unable to go but will probably still look forward to being able to go in the future. For richer Muslims they may feel overwhelmed that their whole family is able to take part in the hajj therefore bringing the family closer together at this time. They may have a sense of pride being able to go on the hajj but sorrow for the people who could not. ...read more.

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