The Five Pillars Of Islam Essay

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A pilgrimage is the spiritual journey made to a sacred place in order to show religious devotion and is an aspect of every major religion. In the three Abrahamic faiths, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, pilgrimage possesses a similar interpretation that is distinct from other religions. While similar in pilgrimage sites, the three religions vary in their pilgrimage purpose and practices. The five pillars of Islam are five essential acts that every able Muslim must perform; the fifth is the Hajj, the journey to Mecca that must be accomplished once in a lifetime. The three Judaic festivals, Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot required male Jews to travel to Solomon’s Temple at least once per festival, although this is no longer expected as the temple was destroyed several thousand years ago. Unlike Islam and Judaism however, pilgrimage is not considered essential in Christianity, although it may be encouraged if one desires to become closer to God.

Once per year, during the twentieth month of the Islamic calendar, millions of Muslims gather in Mecca to celebrate the Hajj, the fifth and final pillar of Islam. The Hajj is essential for all Muslims who are financially and physically able and must be accomplished at least once in a lifetime. It is a religious duty that must be performed in order show the unity of Muslims and their submission to God. People undergoing the Hajj are required to be pure and thus are forbidden from sex, shaving beards, trimming nails, using fragrance,…

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