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The Hajj

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The Hajj The Hajj is the Holy Pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca. Hajj or "The Greater Pilgrimage' can only be done on special days during the pilgrimage month of Dhul Hijjah. The Hajj takes about six days to complete, but Muslims need to perform 'Umrah' before hand so most go for a week or two. Hajj is also the fifth pillar of Islam. Muslims are expected to take part in Hajj at least once in they're lives, to not take part in Hajj when they are fit and able is a sin. To complete Hajj properly and be able to achieve the titles Hajji or Hajja they must complete three requirements. The pilgrims must have reached an age where they are responsible for themselves and they must have a sound mind. It is allowed for parents to take they're children on Hajj with them but this cannot count as the child's completing of Hajj. Pilgrims must also be able to afford to go on Hajj, incurring no debts whilst doing so and have got their money through fair means. Finally the Muslims should also be physically fit enough to perform the pilgrimage. Muslims believe that they should go on Hajj because of two important phrases in the Qur'an these are 'Perform the pilgrimage and the visit (to Mecca) ...read more.

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Saiy is when the pilgrims run between the mountains of As-Safa and Al-Marwa seven times, beginning at As-Safa and finishing at Al-Marwa. Saiy is copying Hagar's frantic search for water. Hagar left her son Isma'il in the desert and went looking for water to save them from dying of thirst. When she returned Isma'il dug his heels in the ground and water gushed up and they were saved. Many pilgrims still visit this spring and take water from it. On 9 Dhul Hijja the pilgrims gather on the Mount of Mercy on the 'Arafat plains. They stay there and perform their prayers there from noon until dusk. In the relentless heat this is a gruelling task and reminds Muslims of the day of judgement and, if Allah so wishes performing this ritual shall remove them of their sins. Then on the 10 Dhul Hijja the pilgrims engage in stoning the devil. They each throw seven stones at a pillar in Mina they then perform this ritual for the next two days. There are two main reasons for this ritual firstly it reminds them of the story of Isma'il, where Allah tested their devotion to him by asking his parents to sacrifice their son. Three times the devil tempted the father not to do it, but Ibrahim resisted the temptation. ...read more.

Conclusion

It's a must for all Muslims to go at least once in their lifetime, if you're quite wealthy then more trips are necessary. From this conversation and other sources I can draw that going on Hajj is normally a once in a lifetime experience, it is a refreshing and joyous experience and may convince Muslims to lead better lives. A pilgrimage is both a mental and physical journey. It is a journey from the heart and soul showing a true and deep felt love for God. It is about enduring a hardship to prove this to him. Although many people believe God to be omnipresent Muslims still believe that by travelling to Mecca they are getting closer to him, or better still, closer to his heart. This, however can also be interpreted that going on Hajj is not needed because as Allah is Omnipresent he is as close to them at home as he is in Mecca, and therefore on a mental pilgrimage is required, where they just need to feel they're love for Allah. Many Muslims dispute this fact because Pilgrimage and the rituals involved are the fifth pillar of Islam and are therefor a direct commandment from Allah and should be done as he says. I believe that a true pilgrimage is only valid when, the pilgrim changes inside and becomes cleansed and joyous, they have completed all the physical hardships, once they have completed those requirements then they have been on a true pilgrimage. Hajj Coursework ...read more.

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