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Different steps of Hajj - a clear summary

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« on: May 19, 2007, 02:01:56 am »


As we all know, Hajj is one of the 5 pillars of the Islamic Faith.  The other four pillars include - a declaration of Faith (Shahadah), daily prayers, offering regular charity (Zakah) and fasting in the month of Ramadan.

Hajj is once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who have the physical and financial ability to undertake the journey.

When the main portion of the pilgrimage is completed, Muslims worldwide gather for communal prayers on the first day of Eid-al-Adha, the second of the two major Muslim holidays. 

The obligatory and optional activities of Hajj include:

.  Entrance into a state of self-control called ihram, during which pilgrims are forbidden to harm living creatures, even insects or plants, or raise the voice in anger.  The state of ihram is signified (for men) by the wearing of two pieces of unsewn white cloth.  This clothing signifies the equality of all before God.  No specific clothing is prescribed for female pilgrims.

.  Circling of the Kaaba (tawaf), which was originally built by Prophet Abraham and his son Ishmael (peace be on them).  The Kaaba is the first sanctuary on earth dedicated to the worship of the One God.  It is a symbol of unity for Muslims because all prayers, wherever they are performed, are oriented in the direction of the Kaaba.

. The Sa'i, or "hastening" between two small hills (Safa and Marwa) near the Kaaba, to commemorate Hagar's search for water to offer her son Ishmael. 

. The 'Day of Arafah' - Arafah is a mountain and its surrounding empty plain near Makkah.  On this day, the climax of the Hajj season, pilgrims assemble for supplication to Allah.

.  The stoning of three pillars representing Satan's temptation of Abraham.  The stoning indicates the pilgrim's rejection of evil deeds. 

.  Cutting the hair to symbolize the completion of Hajj.

.  Sacrifice of an animal to help feed the poor, and in remembrance of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at Allah's command - a test for Abraham (pbuh) from the Almighty Allah.  The meat is distributed to relatives and to the needy.

Taken from a  CAIR Newsletter
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2007, 06:39:09 pm »

A very comprehensive summary of one of the most important events of life.  InshAllah, this information will be useful to all of us at some point in life, sooner rather than later, God Willing. 

Thanks dear brother

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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2007, 10:37:29 pm »

JazekAllah khair, PT.  I keep praying that Allah grant me and my family the opportunity to go to Makkah and Madina at least once in our lifetime.  I wish the same for all.  Indeed, important topic.
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