Pilgrimage to Mecca

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Pilgrimage to Mecca

Pilgrimage to Mecca

Pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the predominant pilgrimages worldwide. This is a religious obligation adhered at least one time in each individual Muslim’s life. This pilgrimage is the sign of unity of Muslims and this is the Islam’s fifth pillar. The pilgrimage to Mecca has its name as Hajj and linked to the life of Islamic prophet Muhammad in the period of the 7th century. However, the sacrament says it goes thousands-years back to Abraham’s era. Entering State Of Purity during Religious March to Hajj Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims walk together on the religious march and meet at the same time in Mecca. They meet during the week of the Hajj and carry out the ritual sequence. After reaching the Mecca border, pilgrims enter into state of purity – ihram. Pilgrims remain in Ihram during Hajj. Muslim men going into this “state of purity” wear the ihram clothes. The sacred ihram clothing comprises two seamless-white sheets. This is a traditional garment. This is the ritual symbol which reflects that they entered the holy state. Women pilgrims normally dress in white with only hands and faces exposed. There are certain rules to be followed in the “state of purity – ihram

  • · Pilgrims should not cut their hair/nails
  • · They should not argue/fight
  • · They should not hunt while in state of ihram
  • · They should not have sex relationships

Entering Sacred City – City of Mecca Upon entering the sacred city “Mecca”, the pilgrims follow the structure/direction of prayer. They walk seven times around Ka’ba pronouncing the devotional prayer talbiya. This whole structure is known as tawaf. They will repeat the sacred phrase of the prayer frequently as an indication of responding to the call of God to make the pilgrimage. They touch/kiss the black stone in Ka’ba. This is the first phase of Hajj. Pilgrimage to Mecca – Second Phase of Hajj The second phase occurs starting with the sermon on the 7th day at the mosque and between the 8th and 12th days of Dhu al-Hijja. Happenings in the second phase between 8th and 12th days

  • Eighth day night they reside at Arafat or Mina
  • On the ninth day ceremony of standing or wuquf occurs in a small hill at Arafat
  • Tenth day is the key holiday, the feast of sacrifice called El al-Adha

The Reason behind Key Holiday – The Feast of Sacrifice Key holiday is honored by every Muslim takes part in the Hajj. During this day they sacrifice an animal as a remembrance of Abraham’s sacrifice. They toss seven stones on three pillars consecutively for three days. These three pillars are signified as sins/devils. After thus pilgrims get back to Mecca and repeat the tawaf. They then shave the heads or trim the hairs as a symbol of the conclusion of the state of purity – ihram. It is Important to Carry Out Hajj at least Once in Life, which Every Muslim Should Do Pilgrimage to Mecca can be done at any time during the year, but it is important for each and every Muslim to carry-out Hajj in their life at least once to fulfill God’s call.

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Pilgrimage to Mecca

Pilgrimage to Mecca

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