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    Three months after Ramadan comes the season of the great Pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj), the
    birthplace of Islam, where an ever-increasing number of men and women converge each year, from every possible corner of the earth. The origin of the Hajj, the Fifth Pillar of Islam, dates back to the Prophet Ibrahim (AS)and brings together Muslims of all races and tongues to don two simple white cloths in an impressive display of Islam's disregard for racial or national divisions. Each year nearly several million people make the pilgrimage, making it the largest temporary gathering on the globe. It is an act of recollection and worship, but also a symbolic act representing the spirit's return to its homeland-one of the central elements of the Muslim life. Hajj is an imperative duty (fard) for all Muslims physically and financially able to perform it .


    97. In it are manifest signs (for example ) the Maqam (place) of Ibrahim (Abraham ) ; whosoever enters it, he attains security . And Hajj ( pilgrimage to Makkah ) to the House (Ka'bah ) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah , those who can afford the expenses ( for one's conveyance, provision and residence ); and whoever disbelieves [I.e. denies Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah ), then he is a disbeliever of Allah ] , then Allah stands not in need of any of the Alamin (mankind , jinn , and all that exists)
    holy Qur'an Al-Imran 3:97



    Rites of the Pilgrimage





    God has prescribed certain rites that a pilgrim should observe properly for his pilgrimage to be accepted.




    To perform the pilgrimage means to leave all worldly activities aside and to proceed to meet the Lord. The primary condition is purity of intention (niyyah). The other obligatory rites are:


    1) Ihram. Before arriving in the holy city, Muslims enter a state of consecration (dedication) known as ihram, by removing their worldly clothes and donning the humble attire of pilgrims, two seamless white sheets for men, and simple white dresses and scarves for women. The white garments are symbolic of human equality and unity before God, since all the pilgrims are dressed similarly. Money and status no longer are a factor for the pilgrims - the equality of each person in the eyes of God becomes paramount. They are also expected to observe the rules of ihram, which are not to have sexual relationships, not to kill insects or animals, and not to remove any hair from the body

    2) Tawaf al-qudum. Upon arriving in Makkah, pilgrims perform the initial tawaf, which is a circular, counter- clockwise procession around the Ka'ba. All the while, they state "Labbayka Allahumma Labbayk," which means, "Here I am at your service, O God, Here I am!"
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    Millions have performed Tawaf during Hajj, circumnavigating the Ka'aba seven times while praying
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    3) Next, on the first official day of Hajj (8th of Dhul-Hijjah), the two million pilgrims travel a few miles to the plain of Mina and camp there. From Mina, pilgrims travel the following morning to the plain of Arafat where they spend the entire day in earnest supplication and devotion. It is said that when God forgives a sin for one servant at the place-of-standing (the plain of Arafat), He forgives it for everyone there who is guilty of it.


    4) That evening, the pilgrims move and camp at Muzdalifa, which is a site between Mina and Arafat. Muslims stay overnight and offer various prayers there.


    5) Then the pilgrims return to Mina on the 10th, and throw seven pebbles at a stone pillar that represents the devil. This symbolises Ibrahim's throwing stones at Satan when he tried to dissuade Ibrahim (AS) from sacrificing his son. Then the pilgrims sacrifice a sheep, re-enacting the story of Ibrahim (AS), who, in place of Ismael (AS), sacrificed a sheep that God had provided as a substitute. Pilgrims shave their head or trim it and take off Ihram garments. All Ihram restrictions are lifted except for the ban on sexual intercourse.

    6)Thus the slaughtering of a sheep is another obligation, the meat of which is distributed among family, friends, and the poor and needy in the community.


    7) After the sacrifice, the pilgrims return to Makkah to end the formal rites of Hajj by performing a final tawaf and sa'i. After Tawaf al-Ifada (final tawaf) , all restrictions are lifted

    29; Then let them complete their prescribed duties ( Manasik of Hajj ) and perform their vows , and circumambulate the Ancient House ( the Ka'bah at Makkah )

    holy Qur'an Al-Hajj 22:29
    8) They should also drink from the water of ZamZam and perform two rakahs of Prayer at the place known as Maqam Ibrahim (AS), the place where Ibrahim (AS) and his son Ismael (AS) stood and prayed after building the Ka'ba.

    10) Once the Hajj has been performed, Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Adha, three days of celebration throughout the Muslim world.




    The Last Sermon





    When the Prophet Muhammad performed his own Hajj, a few months before his demise, he then uttered from above the Hill of Mercy (Jabal ar-Rahmah) a sermon which constitutes the Charter of Humanity in Islam. Some 140,000 Muslims had came that year, , to listen to this testament of their Prophet, which may be analysed as follows:
    (i) he recalled the basic elements of Islam, viz., belief in the One God with no icons or other material representation;

    (ii) equality of all Muslims without discrimination on account of race or class, and there being no superiority to one over any other except by the individual excellence in the matter of piety and fear of God;

    (iii) sacrosanct character of the three fundamental rights of each and every human being concerning his person, his property and his honour;

    (iv) prohibition of transactions involving interest - big or small;

    (v) prohibition of vendetta and private justice, obligation of treating the womenfolk well;

    (vi) constant redistribution and circulation of the private wealth to avoid accumulation in the hands of a few (by means of the Law of obligatory inheritance, restrictions on wills and prohibition of interest, etc.);

    (vii) emphatic restatement that the Divine Revelation alone should be the source of law for our conduct in all walks of life.
    The pilgrims are made to hear this same sermon every year, [on the Day of Arafat, 9th Zul-Hijjah, and it is] recited from above this same sacred Hill of Mercy, at 'Arafat.



    110. Say ( O Muhammad ) : " I am only a man like you . It has been revealed to me that your Ilah (God ) is One Ilah ( God ___i.e. Allah ). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord ." holy Qur'an

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    waw amazing Noraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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    110. Say ( O Muhammad ) : " I am only a man like you . It has been revealed to me that your Ilah (God ) is One Ilah ( God ___i.e. Allah ). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord ." holy Qur'an

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    And as always, as is the tradition, accidents happen during the days of the Hajj and after a building collapsed 76 people died. God bless their soul

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    My grandma has been there to Hajj once. It was more than 10 years ago. She said that's what she had to do in pleasure and she felt proud she did. I am a non-believer, but I would like to visist there someday, there is a MAYBE.
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    If a person does ‘Umrah, shaves his head and exits ihraam, then he does ‘Umrah again shortly after that, and his hair has not yet grown, then he does not have to pass the razor over his head, rather once he has finished his saa’i he may exit ihraam and he does not have to do anything. But if some hair has grown, even a little, then he should pass the razor over it.

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