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The Hajj

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Brittany McMurray

on 26 March 2013

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“Here I am at your service, oh Lord, here I am - here I am. No partner do you have. Here I am. Truly, the praise and the favor are yours, and the dominion. No partner do you have.” The Hajj is an example of ritual pilgrimage that increases belief in equality and harmony among ethnic groups and the Islamic community whilst significantly strengthening ones faith in God. Hajj "to set out with definite purpose" Hajj Fifth Pillar of Islam 1. Salat (prayer)
2. Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca)
3. Zakat (giving to the poor)
4. Shahada (declaration of faith)
5. Sawn (fasting). Is a weeklong event in month of Dhul Hijjah.
The stages are written in the Qur’an.
Is an example of the unity of the Muslim people and their obedience to Allah. The Hajj “A universal process of understanding the human needs, the importance of being humane, the feeling of being ordinary and nothing special and the longing for being together. It’s a much higher level of spiritual journeys than most will ever see and experience”.
- Sami Saayer Ihram - Pre-liminal The white clothing is symbolic of equality as each pilgrim is dressed the same. Umrah - Liminal “It was really a mesmerizing moment for me. I felt my heartbeat grow faster and my pulse rise and a strong feeling of awe and excitement gripped me as my eye caught sight of the holiest shrine in Islam, the Ka'aba.” - Moomtaz Emrith Tawaf Muslims circle the Ka’bah seven times in a counterclockwise direction three times fast and four times slow. “A symbol of Unity where all differences of race, ethnicity and nationality disappear in the Oneness of Humanity and Equality before God.”
- Moomtaz Emrith Strengthens faith in Allah as well as acceptance of equality. This helps the pilgrims to greatly increase their belief and understanding of equality. Sa’i - Liminal A total of seven rounds of praising Allah by raising their hands and saying, ‘Allah-u Akbar are required to complete Sa’i. Shaving Of The Head This gesture is highly symbolic of starting anew. Lesser Pilgrimage - Liminal They trot seven times across the valley between the hills Safa and Marwa. This is symbolic of Ishmaels Mother Hajar’s frantic search for food and drink for her son. This concentrated night in prayer helps the pilgrims to nurture their faith in Allah considerably. Lesser Pilgrimage - Mina Greater Pilgrimage - Liminal Mountain of mercy in the plains of Arafat.
Stand and pray and recite the Qur’an from noon to sunset. “Arafat was probably the highlight of my Hajj. It is one of the most peaceful places I have ever been in. The roads, which are right next to the camp, are full of buses, and yet in the tent you feel nothing but inner peace.”
- Danish Vaiyani Muzdalifah Ramy al-Jamarat - Liminal It is symbolic of the trials experience by Abraham whilst he was going to sacrifice his son as demanded by god. The three concrete pillars represents each time Abraham refused the Devil Following Ramy al-Jamarat:
An animal sacrifice is made.
The Muslim’s spend a night out in the open
They complete three final days of feasting.
Final turning of the Kaaba. Post - Liminal “A person who performs the Hajj properly will return as a newly born baby free from all sins.”
-Prophet Muhammad (Shariat 178). Muslims' are given titles honoring their completion of the pilgrimage:
Hajjuyah for women
Al-Hajji for men “It strengthened my faith in Allah, strengthened and confirmed my faith in Islam as a vehicle to experience more fully Allah, and strengthened my faith in myself as a beloved of Allah.”
- Salih Kent Devotion Unity Harmony Cleanses Prepares Humility Reinforces Refines Faith A Muslim must perform the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in his or her lifetime.

You are exempt from punishment if you are unable to make the pilgrimage due to financial or health issues.

Whether you are part of the Sunni Muslim branch, or the Shi’a Muslim branch you are required to perform the pilgrimage.
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