The Haj: One Of The Traditional And Parabolic Journey To Islam

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The Hajj, one of the five pillars, has long been an integral part in Islam. Indeed, the traditional and symbolic journey to the Kabal is a culminating spiritual experience for many. Mandatory pilgrimage that all Muslims are required to take assuming that they are: of sound mind and physical ability, old enough to understand the import of what they are doing, and financially able to provide for their dependents during his absence.
Before undertaking trip, one must be sure that their intentions are pure. To be acceptable, The Hajj (as with any form on worship) must be devoted to Allah and Allah alone with a desire for the hereafter and no desire to be seen of men and receive worldly gain. As the hajj is meant to be freeing non-worldly experience,
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This requires an extensive knowledge of the Sunnah; the normative way of life for Muslims based on both the teachings of the Quran and the life and practices of Muhammad. During the Hajj pilgrimage, Muslims follow a prescribed pattern in their traditional journey. This affects not only what they do, but what they wear. For the Hajj, participants enter into a state called Ihram. This is state of spiritual readiness in which they wear clothing, also known as Ihram, and which consists of two pieces of rectangular unsewn white cloth which they drape about themselves. Having entered into Ihram, deposed oneself of all worldly debts, and being fiscally and spiritually ready, one is prepared for The Hajj.
The Hajj, is a pilgrimage to Mecca on of the two holiest cities in Islam. The ultimate physical goal of the journey is to draw near to the Kabaa, a large cube that dwells in Masjid al Haram, the largest Mosque in the world. The Kabaa is the holiest shrine in all of Islam and is often called The House of Allah. It is said to have been built by Ibrahim as the first building in which to worship. All of the prayers in Islam are said facing in the direction of the Kabaa. The rituals of the Hajj are designed to help the performer draw close unto God as they draw close to the
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During the rest of the year, Muslims can participate in a less pilgrimage known as Umrah. While similar to The Hajj, Umrah does not negate the requirement to participate in the Hajj. There are 3 different ways to complete the Hajj. One consists of performing the rites of the Umrah and then moving on to the rites of the Hajj. This is the most commonly completed type of Hajj. The other two, prevalent but less common, involve either completing the Umrah and Hajj is immediate succession, or ignoring the Umrah altogether and simply completing the

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