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What is Hajj?

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What is Hajj? Hajj is a Arabic word which means "submission" and "obedience". Hajj is a special worship that lasts for several days. It was made obligatory in the 9th year of Hijra. Muslims journey to the holy city of Mecca to make the spiritual pilgrimage. Hajj is an act of worship just like Salat (five daily prayers) and Sawm (fasting in the month of Ramadan). All Muslims who are physically and financially able are expected to perform the Hajj at least once.. Describe and explain the meaning and significance of the events of Hajj for a Muslim Muslims go on Hajj to cleanse and purify themselves; not just physically but mentally. Another reason is because it's a test Allah has set to show their devotion to Him. Hajj helps bring Muslims closer to Allah and also each other. Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam; God 'ordered' it to be done in the Qur'an. The male pilgrim must wear upon the two unsown white clothes after entering the sacralized state of pilgrimage. It symbolizes the bare defect, faith, which strips away distinctions of class and culture, so that all stand equal before God. ...read more.

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How might participating in Hajj affect the life of a believer Hajj can really affect a Muslims' life. It can affect the way the way they do things and how people treat them. Their daily life and religious life can also be affected. The believer participated in Hajj; they will feel joy at having reached "the House". The Lord of the House increased their intimacy feeling. They will ask for restless gratitude from the Munificent Creator. They will forget one's problems and leaving the world behind. A sharper will aware the brevity of life. Redoubled desire to fill one's every moment there with good deeds. The believer usually lack of sleep and eagerness to offer worship in its various forms, especially at night. They awared of the invisible world engaged in constant worship of the one God. They increased consciousness of one's actions in the balance of the hereafter. An palpable increase in one's capacity for sincerity. They will long for repentance on earth and success in the Hereafter. They will feel sadness at leaving, together with an insatiable desire to know one's Lord better and be with those who know Him, and hear from them. ...read more.

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I think they would agree that Hajj is unnecessary because you don't need to prove yourself to God. As long as your devotion for Him remains, that's all that matters. Some Muslims would not agree with this because it is their duty to God, it's one of the five pillars. A Muslim who has completed Hajj would feel cleansed and purified of sins. Therefore they would lead a better life. A further point they make is that if God orders it to be done then there must be a good reason for doing it. They believe that God is omnipresent but they want to show their true devotion to Allah. Non-religious atheists would think it was a waste of time. God is not omniscient or omnipresent, he doesn't even exist. I agree with a true pilgrimage is really a journey within. I am agnostic but I think that if the Muslims feel Hajj is necessary, I respect their feelings. But I also believe that they don't need to show their devotion. This is because God is omniscient so He knows to what lengths a Muslim would go for Him. So I believe that a true pilgrimage is really a journey within. ...read more.

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