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What is Hajj?

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'O our Lord, receive [this] from us ... make us submissive to You, and of our seed a nation submissive to You ... and our Lord, send among them a messenger, one who will tell them Your signs and teach them the Book and the Wisdom, and purify them.' (Surah 2:127-9 HAJJ What is Hajj? Hajj is a compulsory pilgrimage for Muslims that are fit and wealthy enough. Those who are in debt, or are physically unable to perform the duties of Hajj are excused from it. The Hajj is one of the "Five Pillars" of Islam, and must be performed between 8th and 13th Dhul Hyjah. Dhul Hyjah is the twelfth month of the Muslim calendar, which is based on the Moon. Muharram First month of the calendar. Safar Rabi al-Awal Rabi al-Thani Jumad al- Ula Jumad al-Thani Rajab Shaban Ramadhan Month of fasting. Shawwal Zul- Qida Zul- Hijja The month when Hajj is performed. There are twelve months in the Islamic calendar. The first month of the Islamic year is Muharram. One of the other pillars of Islam is fasting. They fast in the ninth month of Ramadan, and at the end they celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha. Three months later they in the month of Dhul Hyjah on 8th to 13th the perform Hajj. Hajj is performed in Mecca in the country of Saudi Arabia. They have six days to perform their duty to Allah. Similar to the other four pillars of Islam, which requires breaking off normal life, Hajj requires a total suspension, of normal life and to recognise that they live only for Allah. How Do You Perform Hajj? On the eighth day of Dhul Hijja, a Muslim on pilgrimage should purify the body, which they can do by bathing or performing wudu. Wudu is another means of cleansing that a Muslim must do before praying. It consists of washing the hands, arms, face, ears, nose, neck, mouth and feet. ...read more.


God then sent from Paradise a tent of red jacinth in which Adam lived. In what was afterwards to become the Black Stone, a white jacinth from Paradise served as a seat. God commanded Adam to build the Ka'bah and Gabriel taught him the rites of the pilgrimage. Adam is then said to have taken to performing the circumambulation round the Ka'bah following the example of the angels. Mecca however was without inhabitants and the sanctuary without worshippers. Adam made his feelings known to God and the Almighty promised him that with time, the place would be the site of a cult to which men would make pilgrimage. In later times, the deluge is said to have washed the building away so that the stone had to be concealed by the angels in Abu Qubais, a mountain to the east of Mecca. All that remained of the Ka'bah was a red mound, which was afterwards found by Abraham. Abraham and his wife Sarah visited Egypt and following a short stay found a girl named Hagar. Abraham and Sarah took Hagar with them and departed to Canaan where they settled down. Since Sarah was barren, she suggested to Abraham that he wed Hagar. He married her when she was seventeen years old and in the following year Ishmael was born. Even though Sarah was fond of the child, she became jealous and noticed Abraham treating Hagar affectionately. Transformed, she demanded of her husband that he take Hagar and her son into the wilderness and there abandon them. Seeking divine guidance, Abraham set out with Hagar and Ishmael and travelled southward out of Canaan until he reached the present site of Mecca. He left the mother and child to be cared by God, convinced that they wouldn't be hurt, as this was the ground on which the original Ka'bah had stood. Hagar became fearful for the life of her child and leaving him near the spot where the Ka'bah stands today, she searched for water. ...read more.


If you believe that the pilgrimage you are doing is your religion, then you are going to enjoy it, and it will become a significant part of your life. If you would ask me, which one is more practical, then it would be the pilgrimage way in front of the holiday. Expanding from the religious reasons, it strengthens the bonds between the believer and the faith. Some say that you can do the same at home when you pray. This point can be argued with the previous argument. If a believer of a faith truly believes that it is the right thing to do, then it will be better for the believer to go on a pilgrimage than just simply praying at home. Another argument for the statement is that it can separate families. In some cases that is true, however, when you think about it, it can be the reverse. When my dad leaves for a couple of days for his job, it makes me see how much I miss him when he isn't here. Altogether, the pilgrimage may bring families closer. Pilgrimage has a practical value also because it unites people of the same belief together. The pilgrim eventually becomes more confident in what they do, because they think about all the other people who went on the pilgrimage. As they were united in pilgrimage, they will stay united throughout life, and get through things easier. Overall a pilgrimage changes your life forever. A pilgrim will see the world that they live in, in a different way. They will be able to apply their faith into everyday life, find time to pray, and treat people lower than themselves as equals. People who agree with the statement would be people who generally don't have a religion. They haven't got a strong enough belief to see the practical values in pilgrimage. People who have a religion have a strong enough belief to see the practical values in pilgrimage but there are some exceptions. ...read more.

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