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Eid Mubarak !!

May your Eid be blessed with lots of love, joy, laughter, gatherings with loved ones

and may Allah return all the hajjis safely home and accept their pilgrimage.

 

(had an issue with the internet today, hence the delayed post)

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Wishing all of you a blessed, happy, healthy, loving Eid with your family & friends..

& haj maqbool to those who performed one of the sacred pillars; may Allah accept your haj and deeds. 🙂

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What is the Hajj?

 

The Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam, which every adult Muslim must undertake at least once in their life if they can afford it and are physically able.

 

What is the Hajj?

The Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam, which every adult Muslim must undertake at least once in their life if they can afford it and are physically able.

 

The Hajj step by step:
To carry out the pilgrimage rituals a pilgrim needs to be in a state of Ihram – a special state of ritual purity.

A pilgrim does this by making a statement of intention to perform the Hajj, wearing special white clothes (which are also called Ihram), and obeying certain regulations.
During the Hajj, in their state of “ihraam” (cleansed and made the intention)  pilgrims are forbidden to:

  • Engage in marital relations
  • Shave or cut their nails
  • Use cologne or scented oils
  • Kill or hunt anything
  • Fight or argue
  • Women must not cover their faces, even if they would do so in their home country
  • Men may not wear clothes with stitching.

Once in Mecca pilgrims enter the Great Mosque and walk seven times round the Kaaba (a cube-like building in the centre of the mosque) in an anti-clockwise direction. This is known as Tawaf. Pilgrims also run seven times along a passageway in the Great Mosque, commemorating a search for water by Hajar, wife of the Prophet Abraham.

DAY 1: FIRST STEP

Pilgrims travel to Mina on 8 Dhul Hijjah (a date in the Islamic calendar) and remain there until dawn the next morning.

DAY 2: STANDING AT ARAFAT

Pilgrims then travel to the valley of Arafat and stand in the open praising Allah and meditating.

At the end of the day, pilgrims travel to Muzdalifa where they spend the night. Pilgrims gather up stones to use the next day.

DAY 3: STONING THE DEVIL

In the morning, pilgrims return to Mina and throw seven stones at pillars called Jamaraat. These represent the devil. The pillars stand at three spots where Satan is believed to have tempted the Prophet Abraham.

Pilgrims sacrifice an animal (usually a sheep or goat). This commemorates the incident related in the Old Testament when the Prophet Abraham was about to sacrifice his son and God accepted a sheep instead. Nowadays many pilgrims pay someone to slaughter the animal on their behalf.

Pilgrims shave their heads or cut some hair from it and return to the Great Mosque at Mecca for a further Tawaf, walking around the Kaaba. They then return to Mina, where they spend the night.

DAYS 4 & 5

Pilgrims spend time in Mina, continuation of the ritual of stoning the pillars.

If a pilgrim has been unable to return to Mecca to walk around the Kaaba, he or she does so on the fourth or fifth day.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4180965.stm

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