Hajj is a sacred journey Essay
Hajj is a sacred journey or pilgrimage that every Muslim with the health and money to complete must take part in at least once in their life. Hajj is the fifth of the five pillars of Islam, which shows its importance because the five pillars represent the duties of people of the Islamic faith and is what they base their way of life around. Hajj is a demonstration of solidarity of the Muslim people and an expression of their loyalty and submission to their God.
The event of Hajj takes place between the 8th and the 12th day of Dhul Hijjah (the 12th month in the Islamic calendar). This Islamic date cannot be directly converted into a western calendar but the next time Dhul Hijjah comes around will be on December 11th, with the week in which Hajj takes place starting on December 18th 2007.
Hajj originates from the original rituals believed to have been undertaken by Muhammad in the early 7th century, although many believe that it can be dated back as far as 2000 BC, the time of Abraham when tens of thousands would join in the Pilgrimage during the week of Hajj, and they would perform a series of rituals each of which with different meanings and purposes.
a)ii) Islamic faith is defined by five pillars which guide Muslims in their lives and are the most important things in their faith, therfore the fact that Hajj is one of them highlights it’s importants to Muslims. Probabally, the most important thing about Hajj to a Muslim is getting the forgiveness of Allah, this is believed to make the Hajji pure and innocent with all sins erased from their past and a new clean slate to start over with. This links with the history of Hajj, because it is believed that Adam and Eve, after their fall, went to the plain of Arafat where they prayed for forgiveness from God. The place where they are believed to have prayed is now known as the ‘mount of mercy’. Other reasons for the Pilgimage are to seek help with matters such as death or illness, and to seek protection from temptation and sins.