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  1. Select, describe and explain those rituals of Hajj which will be of spiritual value to the pilgrim

    The two maps above show the main stages of Hajj, and some of these stages will be described in the following paragraphs. ''And proclaim the Pilgrimage among men: They will come to thee on foot and on every lean camel through deep and distant mountain ravines. That they may witness the benefits provided by them." Qur'an 22:27-28 Upon the arrival at Makkah, the holy city, Muslims enter a sacred state dedication known as the ihram. The ihram is also shown through the dress of the pilgrims.

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    Describe and explain why a Muslim would take part in the Hajj and what this involves

    Muslims all over the world travel to Mecca to perform Hajj, regardless of nationality, background, skin colour or wealth. It is difficult to explain exactly what the Hajj means to those who take part, but for most Muslims it will be a once in a lifetime experience which they will find very moving and unforgettable. There are many different stages Muslims must perform in Hajj. Before they reach Mecca men must change into two pieces of white cloth that covers their upper and lower bodies, called 'ihram'. Women wear clothes which cover all their bodies, excluding their hands and faces.

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    Muslim fifth pillar

    Muslims prepare for Hajj by entering the state of Ihram. This is where pilgrims wash and get into a concentrating mood therefore focusing only on worship and Allah. They do this by performing Wudu the sacred wash and after that they dress in similar clothes, for the males they wear two white sheets and for the women they wear a white garment. After this the pilgrims have to rush to the Masjid-al-Haram, which is the most important mosque in the world. They go to the great Ka'bah and walk or try to run round it seven times.

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  4. Difficulties During Hajj

    In 2003, over 35 people died by crushing during this ritual. Secondly, the cost of the journey is incredibly expensive; including clothes and flights it can come to between �1500 and �2000. Many people save up for years until they can afford it, and often families join together to pay for just one person to go. This has proven to be a costly sum for many Muslims, thus preventing them from making the journey, however, as Allah knows that they have the intention to; he doesn't see it as a lack of faith.

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  5. y Sanamdeep Aujla Explain how taking part in the activities you have chosen would affect a christian in their day to day life. How do christians differ in their attitudes towards pilgrimage.

    Some sites of pilgrimage, such as Lourdes in France, have a history for healing. The 'Holy Water' is said to bring healing to all those who bath in it, whether it be emotional or physical. On a daily basis, people would go to a mass to hear the word of their God and see many of the attraction of Lourdes. People are said to come back with better emotional experience and creates more awareness in the person's faith. A sick person should leave Lourdes with a feeling of peace and strength from God. People who bath at Lourdes have experienced religious healings rather than just physical illnesses.

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  6. "Hajj is really a journey within". Do you agree or disagree?

    As the physical attributes of the journey leaves reminders upon the pilgrim's body, such as scars, bruises and aching muscles; it is incredibly rare that someone could not find the events challenging. Another view that should be stated is the fact that we are both body and soul; therefore as humans, a true pilgrimage is a journey within and without. This is a strong statement as it is a simple fact, yet very effective and straight to the point, implying that a true pilgrimage is not just a journey within.

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  7. Contrast between the way muslims celebrate Eid in Pakistan and UK

    This essay aims explore the way Muslims celebrate this festival in two different countries: Pakistan and UK. After the Holy month of Ramadan, in which the Muslims are asked to observe fast and do extra prayers and observe religious values rigidly, the Muslims in Pakistan celebrate the sighting of the new moon (start of the new Muslim month) by going to bazaars and shopping malls, with their families and children, for Eid shopping. In Pakistan, the night before Eid is called Chand Raat, or night of the moon. Women, especially young girls, often paint each others' hands with traditional "henna" also called "mehendi" and wear colorful bangles.

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  8. Day by day, of hajj.

    There they first pray and then collect a fixed number of Chickpea-sized pebbles to use on the following days. Before day break on the third day, Muslims from Muzdalifah to Mina. According to some traditions, this had something to do with the prophet Ibrahim (PBUH).as Muslims throw seven pebbles at each of these pillars, they remember the story of Satan's (Devils) attempt to persuade Ibrahim (PBUH) to disobey gods command to sacrifice his son. Following the cast of the pebbles, most Muslims sacrifice a goat, sheep or some other animal.

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  9. Overview of Islam.

    Muslims must repeat the shahadah in prayer, and non-Muslims must use the creed to formally convert to Islam. Salat Muslims must perform five daily prayers throughout the day as a form of submission to God. Zakat Zakat, or alms-giving, is a mandated giving of charity to the poor and needy by able Muslims based on the wealth that he or she has accumulated. Sawm Sawm, or fasting, is an obligatory act during the month of Ramadan. Muslims must abstain from food, drink, and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk during this month, and are to be especially mindful of other sins that are prohibited.

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  10. A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion or as an act of respect

    There are many reasons why Christians go on pilgrimages such as some Christians go on pilgrimages to increase and strengthen their faith, Lourdes is a small town situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Although the town has just 17000 inhabitants, 5 million visitors go there each year. In the hotel trade, Lourdes is second only to Paris in importance. There are several narrow streets leading down to the Grotto.

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

    This is a white seamless cloth, which is slightly different for male and females. Females wear plain loose dresses that cover their whole body except their faces, hands and feet. Males wear two unsown pieces of cloth in which one is wrapped around their shoulders and the other is from their waist to their ankles. After performing this task Muslims recite the Talibiyah. This is a statement, which Muslims call out while performing the hajj. When saying this, Muslim men should shout and project their voice whereas women should only say the statement so it is loud enough for themselves to hear.

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  12. As the days went by I educated my mates about my religion. For example they didn't know that we Muslims are not allowed to eat pork a

    During the first few months at high school I found it very hard to interact with the other pupils as they already knew each other, but once I felt comfortable I opened up quite easily. It now somewhere after Christmas time if my memory is right and it coming towards the holy month of Ramadan where all Muslims who are capable to fast should participate in a month where we are not allowed to eat or drink during day time hours.

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  13. Places of pilgrimage tend to be very commercialized these Days. This is bound to reduce the value of pilgrimage for a Christian".

    But, there are some people who reduce the value of pilgrimage for a Christian. They do this by doing business in places of pilgrimage. Some people might think it is alright to do so. Once Jesus threw the money lenders out of the temple (Jn 2:13-17) for turning a place of God into a 'market place'. Even Jesus at that time showed that he hates people doing business in a holy place because it takes away the true meaning of being there.

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  14. There are many processes involved in Pilgrimage

    It has been a place of pilgrimage ever since and generations of pilgrims have taken the boat to the island and spent time in deep prayer and reflection. The traditional Lough Derg pilgrimage lasts for two days. The pilgrims undertake to begin fasting at midnight on the first day and travel to the island by boat during that morning. When they get there they have to walk barefoot. It is a symbol of an aspiration to do self-punishment. The pilgrim then begins a series of 'Stations', it is series of prayers, gestures, walking, kneeling. All these are conducted in silence.

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  15. What is involved in pilgrimage?

    The children love it and benefit hugely from it. There are over 5 million people that come to Lourdes a year, and it is a good way to get closer to God and change peoples lives. There is many ways that it can change a Christian's life and their beliefs. The pilgrimage's is not just all about praying, as it helps people relax and meet new people who might be sharing the same experiences as them. At Lourdes there are many English and international masses, there is also the Blessed Sacrament procession and blessing of the sick which relieves dieing people of their sins.

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  16. Explain the part pilgrimage plays in the religious part of a Christian's life

    At Lourdes people worship Mary, Mary said "pray for sinners" so this is what people do at Lourdes. Lough Derg is a very solemn place. During your stay at Lough Derg you receive the sacrament of reconciliation; the sacrament of reconciliation is the forgiveness of sins. There is also re-newel of baptismal vowels, symbolic action and four masses, which also seeks God's forgiveness. In Lourdes, you pray to our lady (the Immaculate Conception) a lot of the time, as it was the place where she appeared, and in doing this you get closer to God. Another reason is to increase your faith and communication in God.

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  17. Explain the meaning and the significance of the events of Hajj for a Muslim.

    An exodus from an urban to a desert existence ? A spiritual camping trip among the dunes ? A daylong collective gathering ? An all-night vigil ? A casting out of temptation ? And a three-day feast. Day One When they first arrive in Mecca, they change from their street clothes into Hajj garments. For men, two lengths of unstitched cotton cloth resembling beach towels, and women wear the usual form of national dress. This is because they are supposed to look alike. Everyone is levelled and stripped of social distinctions before entering Mecca, just as everyone is equal before God.

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  18. Places of Pilgrimage tend to be very commercialised these days.This is bound to reduce the value of the Pilgrimage for ChristiansDo you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have considered more than one point of view.

    In this essay you will hear of just exactly how these merchants affect the value of Pilgrimage for Pilgrims. To me, there are two main views here to be looked at. There is the view of the people, who are affected, and the people who aren't affected. So firstly lets talk about those of whom are affected. The main reason that people go on pilgrimage is so that they can be closer to God. If we were to take Fatima as an example, then I would most definitely assure you that on the way, the streets are very very congested.

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  19. Hajj Assessment

    Huge sums of three million people go to hajj nowadays. People from all parts of the world go to do hajj. Hajj is the greatest trip on earth. Once you're at Makkah you do Umrah. You first do twaf, which is circling the Ka'bah seven times. You then do sai'y. Once you've done that you then go to Mina and stay a night in the tents. You seek forgiveness from Allah and Muhammad (SAW). You also do the five prayers. You then leave the next day to Mount Arafat also know as Mount of Mercy.

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  20. "Explain the part Pilgrimage plays in the life of Christians"

    She also said "the spiritual discipline showed me a kind of peacefulness I don't normally come across.' my relative believes she can find peace in Lourdes that she cannot get anywhere else. Others may say a lot is gained purely if you stay open to the new surroundings. Lasting friendships are gained in this way. Some pilgrims may strengthen their relationship with God and gain an understanding of their blessings and failings. Also pilgrims can realize how lucky they are, with good health and not take it for granted, and not take free time they ever have for granted either.

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  21. There are more important things for Christians to do than go on pilgrimage'

    In Luke Temptations, Jesus says "It is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only". Jesus regularly visited the Temple, it is written that he said to those selling in the Temple "My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a 'den of robbers' ". This shows Jesus regards the Temple with respect, and it is only for time with God, no more. There are many Christian practices that could be as important, if not more so than going on pilgrimage, such as charity work, Jesus treated the poor and outcasts with as much respect as any other person, this is shown in the story of the prostitute (Mary Magdalene), Jesus gave her a place to stay and advice.

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  22. Arranged marriages

    As their religion of Islam have stricter rules. Muslims are often urged to choose their partners for life carefully and remain loyal to them for the rest of their lives. For this reason, Muslim marriages are often arranged for young couples by their parents. In the west, most young people think it is natural to fall in love, get engaged and then get married. Muslims sometimes regard 'being under the influence of love' as a dangerous and intoxicating state of mind that could easily cloud their judgement.

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  23. Describe what happens at the fast of Ramadan?

    This is prayed during Ramadan. When the sun goes down at the end of the day the fast is open with a few dates then they pray together and then have a big meal with their family and friends called the iftar. After dinner, people usually go out visiting friends and family who live nearby and usually go to the cemetery to visit their dead relatives and pray for them. During Ramadan, it's particularly abhorrent for Muslims to tell lies, insult others, criticize someone behind their back, bear false witness or crave someone else' possessions.

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