Hajj is a once-in-a-life time obligation upon Islamic adherents whose health and means permit it. It is an essential part of Muslim faith and practice as it is the fifth pillar of faith, symbolises central concepts of Islam and commemorates the trials of the Prophet Ibrahim. Hajj provides individuals with the opportunity for spiritual rebirth through developing a closer relationship with Allah as well as fulfilling the five pillars of Islam. The global Islamic community are also united through submission to the will and communal worship of their “one God” Allah.
Hajj takes place during Dhul-Hajjah, the twelfth month of the Muslim calendar. Preparation before this time is highly important and involves redressing wrongs, paying all debts, money for family and journey, as well as adopting good behaviour. The significance of the intensity of Hajj is that individuals learn skills such as determination, perseverance, patience and control of human will. The community is also affected through the local Muslim communities who involve themselves in the preparation. International media coverage is also gained from the enormity of the Hajj encouraging the Islamic community to take part. Thus the significance of the Hajj on both community and individual is evident.
Diverse rites also take place during Hajj and many of these reinforce the five pillars of Islam. Hajji itself is the fifth pillar of faith, making it extremely significant as individuals to perform to become closer to Allah. Muslims also fulfill the first pillar “Shahada” by declaring their belief in Allah and his oneness, by attending Hajj, significantly strengthening bonds with Allah. One of the most significant rituals performed during Hajj, occurs on Mt. Arafat in which pilgrims simulate the Day of Resurrection at which all pilgrims must be present. The Ihram, white garments, symbolic of human equality and unity before Allah, must also be worn. This is significant for the individual as barriers of...
...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...
...Analyse the significance of Hajj to the life Muslim adherents (15 marks)
The Hajj is one of the 5 pillars of Islam and ultimately reflects many core Muslim beliefs. Through spiritual rebirth, the wearing of the Ihram garments, the acknowledgement of Allah's omnipotency and the experience of following in Prophet Muhammad's footsteps, adherents through the Hajj are able to reflect the Islamic beliefs of Jihad, Umma, Zakat, and forgiveness in their own lives. By this Muslims are able to become more intimate with Allah and his will, and are also destined to an afterlife in heaven by his side. Accordingly, those who do not complete the Hajj in their lifetime will be sentenced to an afterlife in purgatory. These consequences reflect how significant the Hajj is to an adherent.
There are many actions in the Hajj which reflect spiritual rebirth. This is essentially becoming morally cleansed, where one's sins are absolved by Allah. This can be seen during the 10th day of the month Dhul-Hajj, where all the men shave their heads, partially as a small sacrifice in Allah's name (Jihad), and primarily to symbolise a new beginning for these adherents. This action not only allows adherents to live a freer life after the Hajj in terms of their past burdens but also brings them closer to Allah and allows them to feel a strengthened bond with the God. This...
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...
...an individualist. Individualists are those who seek independence from church and in some cases from the family, and community. I find that to be true about myself in each of those aspects. I wouldn’t say I’m separated from my family, I would just say that I enjoy time alone more than the average person. I find peace in silence and some solitude. This also applies to community. I like being a part of my community, but would choose to be alone over part of a community. I wouldn’t say that I’m COMPLETELY separated from the church, but I’m also not an active participant. I don’t attend church on a weekly basis, and I don’t wear religious jewelry. I’m not an active prayer, and I don’t have the strongest beliefs. I believe that the church, like the government, lie and conspire on things. I tend to see past the mask that the media puts out there. An individualist doesn’t necessarily seek separation, but rather seek selfness and singularity. I would also say that I’m kind of pluralist as well in the sense that I’m open to another individuals comprehension of their and others religion. I am accepting, and do not pass judgment.
If I were to choose from the three perspectives that we’ve been discussing in class, I would most likely identify myself as an individualist. Individualists are those who seek independence from church and in some cases from the family, and community. I find that to be true...
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, provided its modest...
...Guide to Hajj
Introduction to HajjHajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. The dictionary definition is that ‘The Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca that takes place in the last month of the year. It is also expected to be done at least once in a Muslims life.’ Although, this is correct there is more to it than just that, such as – Muslims are expected to complete Hajj once in their lifetime, ONLY if they have the financial backing in terms of money left over which could be saved up for Hajj. Not only that but a Muslim must be fit (physically & mentally) to be able to complete Hajj and those who are not have leniency towards this. This statement can be backed up by a paragraph in the Quran:
“[2:196] You shall observe the complete rites of Hajj and` Umrah for GOD. If you are prevented, you shall send an offering, and do not resume cutting your hair until your offering has reached its destination. If you are ill, or suffering a head injury (and you must cut your hair), you shall expiate by fasting, or giving to charity, or some other form of worship. During the normal Hajj, if you break the state of Ihraam (sanctity) between `Umrah and Hajj, you shall expiate by offering an animal sacrifice. If you cannot afford it, you shall fast three days during Hajj and seven when you return home - this completes ten - provided you do not live at...
...Individuals and Communities
Factors that contribute to an individual’s development
Factor Definition Example of positive effect on development Example of negative effect on development
Self-esteem How a person values themselves. The concept we hold of ourselves begins to develop from the day we are born and can fluctuate during our lifetime. People with positive or high self-esteem value themselves as worthy contributors to society-likely to be able to form healthy relationships with others. Being highly negative about their own abilities, or having a poor body image due to comparing themselves to airbrushed photographs of models in magazines.
Self-confidence Belief in yourself and your abilities. Having self-confidence gives us the ability to face changes. A young adult who has experienced a happy childhood and adolescence surrounded by people who have been socially and emotionally supportive has consequently developed a high level of self-confidence. They may always rely on others and take the 'back seat'.
Satisfaction of needs For an individual to thrive and reach their potential, it is essential that all their basic human needs are met. Socialise with others:
• Engage confidently in group situations
• Work in teams
• Develop language skills as a child
• Interact cooperatively with others
• Share their property rather than being possessive
• Resolve conflict effectively The more...
The Hajj continually supports the concept of Islam and continues to validate the importance of the submission to Allah, acceptance of the Qur'an and respect to Muhammad to millions of Muslims worldwide. The word Hajj means to 'to set out for a definite purpose'. Taken place in the holiest city of Islam; Mecca - this was the death place of Muhammad and where he was approached by Allah many years ago. This pilgrimage is considered to be the most important journey in a Muslim's life; it is following the footsteps of their Prophet Muhammad and the words of the Qur'an, their most sacred book - the words of Allah written by Muhammad.
The Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, making it an obligation for all Muslims to partake in at least once in their lives if possible. If fail to do so when being able to take the pilgrimage, it is considered to be a great sin. A Muslim must have reached the age of responsibility and be mentally able to take upon the journey, for them to be able to understand the significance of this pillar of Islam. They have to be able to afford the trip; no debts and must of earned the money through honest means. Also to be physically fit to embark on the pilgrimage as it requires a level of fitness to partake in some of the practices along the Hajj. For the men that have taken part in the Hajj, they take upon the title of Hajji and for females; Hajja. Men and women also...