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What is Hajj ?

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A) What is Hajj ? Describe and Explain why Muslims might take part in Hajj and what this involves. B) Explain the meaning and significance of the events of Hajj for a Muslim. What difficulties might there be for a Muslim performing Hajj? How might participating in Hajj affect the life of a believer? C) 'True pilgrimage is really a journey within' Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to Islam in your answer. Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. This is the pilgrimage to Mecca which Muslims must do at least once in their lifetime. This makes Muslims feel complete once they have completed the Hajj, but they are only allowed to do Hajj if they are physically and financially supported, they must also be able to provide for there families whilst on Hajj, they must also have the money to pay for Hajj without resorting to dishonest ways of raising the money. The pilgrimage is a journey with a spiritual meaning to a place special to them. If this is not possible this is when Niyya comes into it, which is when someone has the intention to go on Hajj but are not either physically or financially capable. This could make them a better Muslim so therefore they may become more spiritually involved in there Islamic religion. Hajj happens during Dhul-Hijjah the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar and this year it was between the dates of the 9th and the 14th February 2003. ...read more.

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They have to walk from Muzdalifah to Mina where there are three pillars called Jameas where you throw your pebbles and you also have to sacrifice an animal. This is called Id - ul - Adha. The Muslims then make their ways back to the Ka'ba where they yet again walk around the Ka'ba seven times before taking off there Ibrams. Finally before all the Muslims leave Mecca all the men have there heads shaved and all the women have a few inches off there hair as a sign of purity and also to show that they have completed Hajj the fifth pillar of Islam. The meaning and significance of Hajj for a Muslim all starts with the ihram which is the white cloths which Muslims wear whilst on hajj as a sign of purity which also shows that they are ready to perform the pilgrimage and also that they are equal in the eyes of Allah. This also shows that Muslims they are all equal and equality is a main part of the Hajj because in Allah's eyes they are all equal. They are not allowed to wear any jewellery apart women are allowed to wear there wedding rings but yet again this is to show that they are equal before Allah. The Ummah is the world wide community of Muslims, the nation of Muslims. The Kabah also has probably the most meaning to Muslims and this is because this is what Adam was to believed to have built which is believed to be the first house ...read more.

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And finally the biggest difficulty of going on Hajj would be the emotional stress which they will have t over come when they stand before Allah and also when they see all the holy buildings and people that they see whilst on Hajj. Participating in Hajj might affect the Muslims lives in many ways because after the Hajj the Muslims will feel completely fulfilled knowing that they have completed the fifth pillar of Islam, this is very important to Muslim. This also renews the feeling of all Muslims being one big family, you will also feel stronger spiritually and this will make you closer to Allah. Once you have got back off Hajj when you are telling all your friends about Hajj more of your community will think more of you and also the children of your community may want to get more involved in there religion. When reflecting on the statement 'True pilgrimage is really a journey within' there are several points of view we must reflect on. The way that I would describe/ reflect on this statement is that I would say that yes a true pilgrimage is really a journey within this is because I would say that even though you are physically going on a journey you are still going on the pilgrimage within because you have to prepare your self for the trip and also if it is the Hajj then you will have to be spiritually ready to complete the pilgrimage. Emma Inglis Religious Education Assignment 1 ...read more.

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