Islam~Hajj (by xxhimesamaakixx)

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Islam~Hajj (by xxhimesamaakixx)

All Muslims live by the Pillars of Islam. Well one of those pillars is Hajj, or pilgrimage. This means that Muslims from all over will go to one location, at least once in their lifetime, to preform in a pilgrimage.

Hajj

Occurs on the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah,the 12th & last month of the Islamic calendar. It is about a week of several rituals starting at Mecca. Each day will be a different task, and a new milestone.**I will have these printed off if time permitts it** Most airlines, and ships, even have specail packages or deals for people going to the Hajj.

Male pilgrims: you will be required to dress only in the ihram, a garment consisting of two sheets of white unhemmed cloth, with the top draped over the torso and the bottom secured by a white sash; plus a pair of sandals. Women: simply required to maintain their hijab - normal modest dress, which does not cover the hands or face. The Ihram is meant to show equality of all pilgrims in the eyes of God: that there is no difference between a prince and a pauper. Ihram is also symbolic for holy virtue and pardon from all past sins. A place designated for changing into Ihram is called a miqat While wearing the Ihram, a pilgrim may not shave, clip their nails, wear perfume, swear or quarrel, have sexual relations, uproot or damage plants, cover the head [for men] or the face and hands [for women], marry, wear shoes over the ankles, perform any dishonest acts or carry weapons.

Dear older brother, I am..amazed by the Hajj.. I mean, just think about what I'm seeing here.. Picture this: There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that our experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist...You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced..is just unforgetable. X's & O's ~Niva


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