The Hajj Essay

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The hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. It is the pilgrimage to the Ka’ba in Mecca, the symbolic house of Allah dedicated to belief and devotion to one God. The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar. It is an once-in-a-lifetime obligation upon adult men and women whose health and means permit it. Muslims undertake this journey because it is a quest for redemption and human spirituality. The pilgrimage helps Muslims learn the history of Islam and see how it has been held up over the past centuries. The Hajj is a symbolic pilgrimage where the individual carries out rituals in order to defy Satan and gain redemption. It is not an obligation on children, though some children do accompany their parents on this journey. During the hajj all barriers of language, territory, colour, race and culture disappear and the bond of faith is superior. The Hajj is designed to develop God in their consciousness and a sense of spiritual rebirth. It is also believed to be an opportunity to seek forgiveness of sins accumulated throughout life. Prophet Muhammad had said that a person who performs Hajj properly ‘will return as a newly born baby [free of all sins]’. It is also an opportunity for Muslims from all over the world to come together top worship one God. Before setting out, the pilgrim should redress all wrongs, pay all debts, plan to have enough funds for their own journey and for the maintenance of their family while they are away, and prepare themselves for good conduct throughout the Hajj. 1st day: Arrive at mecca circle Ka’ba 7 times as welcoming. 2nd day: Move in fast pace between 2 hills safa and Marwa. Follow footsteps of Abe’s wife and son. Any time before 8th: Pray in Mecca. 8th Day: Hajj has begun. Change to ihram clothes. Travel to mina and spend the night ready for Arafat. 9th day: Travel to

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