Unity is vividly observed in the great pillar of Hajj, which is repeated every year and for which millions of Muslims gather from all over the world. They represent the Muslim ummah with all its different races, countries, colors, and languages. They gather in one place, at the same time, wearing the same garment and performing the same rites. They make one stand in the same monument. They proclaim the oneness of the Lord of the worlds, submit themselves to His law, and show their unity under His banner. They announce to the whole world that they are one nation although they come from different countries and homes. They perform the rites and stand in the open areas of Makkah, where bodies become close to each other, faces meet, hands shake, greetings exchange, tongues communicate, and hearts reconcile. They meet for the same purpose and intention. What unity is deeper than that one of the pilgrims when they stand at the mountain of 'Arafat with bare heads and simple white clothes? There is no difference between the rich and the poor, the ruler and the subject, men and women, Arabs and non-Arabs. All of them are the same, like the teeth of the hair comb. They direct themselves towards Allah, humble and submissive. This is their description when they make tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka'bah) and sa'y (going between the mountains of As-Safa and Al-Marwah), stay overnight at Muzdalifah and Mina, sacrifice animals, and throw stones. Similarly, this is their description when they perform the congregational prayer at the open areas or at the Holy Mosque. They pray behind one man (i.e. the imam) and supplicate to one God (i.e. Allah). They read one Book, the Qur'an, and direct themselves to one Qiblah, the Ka'bah, at the Holy Mosque. They perform the same rites of standing, sitting, bowing down, and prostration.
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A supplicating pilgrim at Masjid al-Haram, the mosque which was built around the Kaaba ("cube"), (the building at center). In this image of the Hajj from 2003, thousands of pilgrims are walking around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction (Tawaf).
The Hajj(Arabic: حج Ḥajj) is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world, and is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God (Allah in the Arabic language).
The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar. Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, eleven days shorter than the Gregorian calendar used in the Western world, the Gregorian date of the Hajj changes from year to year. Ihram is the name given to the special state in which Muslims live while on the pilgrimage.
The Hajj is associated with the life of Islamic prophet Muhammad...
...to express their differing beliefs; as specified within Qur’an, “. One of the many significant practices which express the faith of Islamic is the Hajj. Hajj is the fifth pillar within Islam and is defined as an individual’s pilgrimage to Allah. It is simply a Muslim’s devotion to God through the commemoration of key events throughout Islamic history which is documented in the Qur’an. Hajj is the last of the five pillars of Islam. The practice involves thirteen steps which is each of significance to Muslim beliefs. Steps which express the beliefs of Islam include, The Stand before Allah, The Feast of Sacrifice, Hajar’s Thirst, Stoning of the Pillars and Circling of the Ka’ba. It is essential that Muslim’s perform the ritual of Hajj as it is a key practice which expresses the concept of the beliefs of Islam.
The first step of the practice Hajj is the stand before Allah, otherwise known as “Wuquf”. This step is recognised as the central moment of the Hajj which occurs at the Mount of Mercy on the plain of Arafat. The role of pilgrims is to meditate, pray and concentrate their thoughts on Allah whereas they also spend the night. The essence of the practice is to stand and face Haram (sin) whilst asking for forgiveness from Allah which is sincere repentance. Muslims experience the beginning of a new life as part of the process of Hajj. This experiences one of the many beliefs...
...Prayer is a powerful practice, as many who do it regularly can attest to. But in addition to being a powerful personal practice, prayer can play a role in strengthening even the most diverse communities, according to a new study led by a University of Connecticut sociologist Ruth Braunstein, Richard L. Wood from the University of New Mexico and Brad R. Fulton from Duke University.
Scheduled to appear in the August edition of the American Sociological Review, the study found that interfaith prayer practices played a key role in bridging cultural differences within diverse faith-based community organizing groups in the United States.
“The prayer practices we observed appear to play a crucial role in binding participants together across significant racial and socioeconomic differences,” Braunstein said in a release. “They do this by being inclusive of multiple faith traditions, celebrating the diversity of the group, and encouraging individuals to interact with each other.”
These findings may come as a surprise in a world where religion and prayer often divide people with differing views. Braunstein found, however, that “bridging cultural practices," like prayer, worked to create a new sense of shared identity within groups.
"Most talk of diversity rests on an understanding of "differences" that are rooted in fixed categories, like racial groups, genders, social classes, etc.," Braunstein told HuffPost.
"In reality, however, one way that groups navigate...
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...What the believer does during hajj is to recall what happened to important persons in Muslim history. The rituals performed around the Ka'ba recalls the acts of Abraham and Isma'il when they turned the Ka'ba into the sacred place of worship and peace (Koran sura 2 aya 119). The next act recalls the running of Hajar, when she ran for water for her son.
But following this, and we have now arrived at the core of hajj (the acts above are also performed in the smaller pilgrimage, umra) both the theological and historical background is more unclear. Muslim and Western researchers trace the backgrounds to Muhammad's own performance of the hajj. It is clear that Muslims commemorates Muhammad's acts, but why Muhammad did exactly what he once did, is unclear to modern researchers.
These are the ones that are not obliged to perform hajj at least once during their lifetime: Mad people, slaves, women that are without travelling company (close relative or husband), people without the necessary funds.
Most hajjiyys arrive in Mecca a few days before the hajj proper begins, while some see the opportunity of arriving in Ramadan, the month of sawm, an act which is seen as especially merited. While it is recommended that the hajjiyys should robe themselves in the ihram already at the beginning of the journey, the clear majority puts this on towards the end of the journey to Mecca.
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o Pilgrimage is the supreme prayer for forgiveness of sins committed and the ultimate preparation for eternity
o Pilgrimage rituals which must be performed, eg circumambulation of the Ka’ba
o The rites of the Hajj symbolise the essential concepts of Islam and commemorate the trials of the Prophet Ibrahim and his family
o Hajj: The annual, week-long pilgrimage to Mecca (in modern-day Saudi Arabia), which is the fifth pillar of faith and is therefore an obligation as it is prescribed in the Qur’an. The complete Hajj occurs two months and ten days after Ramadan ends and culminates with ‘Id al-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice).
o Ihram: The white garments are symbolic of human equality and unity before God, since all pilgrims are dressed similarly. Money and status are no longer a factor for the pilgrims— the equality of each person before God becomes foremost.
o Before they leave they must pay their debts, provide for for Hajj nd provide for any family that may be left behind.
o The rituals occur in and around Mecca.
o Before commencing Hajj or entering the holy area of Makkah the pilgrams must prepare themselves for the physical and spiritual journey ahead. This includes
• Formal washing of the complete body
• Making intention
• Putting on the clothing consisting of two seamless pieces of white cloth for males. Females can wear what they like,...