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Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the five pillars of Islam.
This Hajj is known in history as Hajjatul Wida’ or Farewell Pilgrimage because this proved to be the last Hajj the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) performed.
Hajj is not obligatory for children, the sick, and those who are unable to bear the expenses for Hajj.
www.islam.com /hajj/hajj.htm   (4055 words)

 Hajj - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Hajj (حج ArTranslitḤajj}}), (Turkish:Hac), (Malay:Haji) is the Pilgrimage to Mecca in Islam.
This release from ihram is known as the mut'ah of Hajj.
Hajj al-tamattu is where the Umrah rituals are performed first and then the Hajj rituals (those described in the previous section) are performed.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hajj   (1782 words)

The length of the obligatory rituals with the hajj covers about 6 days, but which are the core rituals is a matter of definitions, and may be set as low as covering 3 days.
The hajj's important lies in its allowing the believer to approach the assumed centre of the world, as well as the place where the Koran's divine revelations began and continued about 12 years.
Whether the first part of hajj that commemorates Ibrahim and Hajar should be seen as an umra, or as an integrated part of hajj, is not clear from theological sources.
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 Hajj: The Pilgrimage to Makkah
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is an obligation upon every Muslim male or female once in their lifetime.
The rituals of Hajj were established by Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and commemorate the trials in his life and that of his wife Hajar and their son Ismael.
The first rite of Hajj begins when a pilgrim makes their niyyah, or intention to perform Hajj and enters into a state of self-control called ihram, during which it is forbidden to harm living creatures or even raise the voice in anger.
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 Hajj: The Pilgrimage to Mecca - ReligionFacts
As with the sawm, exceptions are made for those who are physically or financially unable to fulfill this obligation, and one is actually commanded not to make the hajj if to do so would cause hardship for his or her family.
The hajj was one of the last public acts of worship performed by Muhammad before his death.
For those participating in the hajj, the day is spent in Mina, where the pilgrim sacrifices an animal to commemorate Abraham's sacrifice and throws seven small stones at each of three pillars on three consecutive days (the pillars represent sins and devils).
www.religionfacts.com /islam/practices/hajj-pilgrimage.htm   (840 words)

 The Hajj.
Hajj is one of the pillars in Islam and was commanded in 9A.H. It is the perfection of faith and true surrender to the Almighty.
Hajj teaches us complete submission to divine will, because one without sufficiently understanding the inner meaning of going round the ka‘bah, kissing the fl stone, running between safa and marwa and the throwing of stones at jamrat does these things in blind submission to divine order.
It shows us that whoever performs the Hajj and Umra with sincerity of the heart takes a dip, as it were, in Allah’s river of mercy and as a consequence of it, the filthy effects of sins are washed away from him.
www.inter-islam.org /Actions/hajj.html   (1943 words)

 Background on the Hajj
THE HAJJ, or pilgrimage, is the fifth of the five pillars (duties) of Islam.
During the Hajj, pilgrims must be in a state of ihram (consecration).
THE HAJJ culminates, on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijja, in the start of a three-day festival known as 'Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), which is celebrated by Muslims around the world with prayer, the exchange of gifts and the sacrifice of animals.
www.al-bab.com /arab/background/hajj.htm   (979 words)

 -- Beliefnet.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Hajj is considered one of the five pillars of Islam.
Hajj, being a form of worship, manifests the universality of Islam and unity of all believers.
Hajj is the largest annual convention of faith, where between three to five million faithful gather to perform their prescribed religious duties.
www.beliefnet.com /story/68/story_6850_1.html   (676 words)

The annual Hajj begins in the twelfth month of the Islamic year (which is lunar, not solar, so that Hajj fall sometimes in summer, sometimes in winter).
Muslims who are not in hajj also celebrate the Eid by the collective prayer (and sermon) and the sacrificial offering of a sheep, and the Eid lunch is a happy occasion to rejoice in.
In view of the large number of animals sacrificed at the hajj near Makkah, that cannot be possibly consumed there and then, the authorities established a meat packaging plant to preserve and can the meet for leisurely shipment to the poor and needy in the Islamic world.
www.muslimtents.com /almarja/hajj.html   (3039 words)

Hajj is indeed a source of guidance and innumerable benefits and interests, and a stronghold of defence and uprightness.
Hajj, therefore, is a physical and material form of worship in which the worshipper gives of himself both physically and materially and endures hardships and troubles in the way of Allah, demonstrating his pure pristine servitude to Allah and his independence from any power other than Him.
During Hajj people spend of their wealth and selves, leave their families and children, refrain from pleasures travel inhospitable weather and are filled with determination to complete Hajj, while being continuously humble, calm and submissive.
www.duas.org /haj.htm   (7548 words)

The origin of the Hajj, the Fifth Pillar of Islam, dates back to the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and brings together Muslims of all races and tongues to don two simple white cloths in an impressive display of Islam's disregard for racial or national divisions.
Hajj is an imperative duty (fard) for all Muslims physically and financially able to perform it.
The Hajj is designed to develop God consciousness and a sense of spiritual upliftment.
www.salaam.co.uk /themeofthemonth/december02_index.php   (1081 words)

 Hajj: A Spritual bond for the Muslim Ummah(Shia/Sunni)
On Spiritual elevation in the rituals of the Hajj, the lecture is based on an discourse given by
To further illustrate this, it may be stated that the performance of Hajj is a simultaneous show of many things; it is a "show of creation", a "show of history", a "show of unity", a "show of the Islamic ideology" and a show of the Ummah.
It is therefore, incumbent upon the Ulema and clergymen to discuss their essential political and social problems with other brothers in order to devise plans for the elimination of such problems so as to enable the other brothers to pose these resolutions to their own.
www.baabeilm.org /hajj.asp   (876 words)

 Hajj in Pictures
During the second day, the 9th of Zul-Hijjah, pilgrims leave Mina for the plain of 'Arafat for the wuquf, "the standing," the central rite of the Hajj.
As the pilgrims have, at this stage, finished a major part of the Hajj, they are now allowed to shed their ihram and put on everyday clothes.
Makkah to perform another essential rite of the Hajj: the tawaf, the seven-fold circling of the Ka'bah, with a prayer recited during each circuit.
www.ummah.net /hajj/pics   (1090 words)

 Discover Islam
The pilgrimage to Makkah (the Hajj) is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who are physically and financially able.
The Hajj provides a unique opportunity for Muslims to reflect on their lives, to refocus on God, and to return to their families and homes spiritually rejuvenated.
The close of the Hajj is marked by the Festival of Sacrifice, Eid al Adha.
www.discoverislam.com /17.html   (277 words)

 Hajj and Umra Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The word Hajj means, literally, repairing to a place for the sake of visit (al-qasd li-ziyarah), and in the terminology of the Islamic Shari'ah, it implies the repairing to Bait-Allah (the house of Allah) to observe the necessary devotion (iqamat-an-li-nusuk) Bait-Allah is one of the names by which the Ka'ba is called.
Hajj is not a new institution which Islam has introduced in its Shari'ah.
This institution is as old as the Ka'ba itself which is called in the Holy Qur'an to be "the first House of Divine Worship appointed for men".
www.tohajj.com /eng   (217 words)

 Saudi Arabia Spring 2000 Magazine: The HAJJ: A Pilgrimage to Islam's Holiest Sites
Hardship was once expected and endured as part of the pilgrimage, and Muslims who embarked on this undertaking traditionally assigned a relative or trusted member of the community as the executor of their wills in case they did not return from the journey.
Performing the Hajj is the spiritual apex of a Muslim’s life, one that provides a clear understanding of his relationship with God and his place on Earth.
Distribution of the meat from this year’s Hajj to the needy in 27 countries began on March 25.
www.saudiembassy.net /Publications/MagSpring00/HAJJ.htm   (2688 words)

 CNN.com - Hajj continues after crush tragedy - March 6, 2001
The three-day ritual, a central part of the Muslim Hajj, takes place on a desert plain at Mina, outside Mecca, and involves an estimated two million pilgrims throwing stones at three pillars which represent Satan.
The official Associated Press of Pakistan news agency said seven of the victims were Pakistani, while India's consul for Hajj affairs said two of the women killed were Indians.
It was the third such tragedy during the Hajj in less than a decade.
archives.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/meast/03/06/saudi.hajj   (753 words)

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But if the days of Hajj and the days of his work coincide, meaning that if he abandons his work and goes for Hajj, he will not be able to pay his debts in time, nor support himself for the rest of the year, Hajj will not be Wajib on him.
And if he performs Hajj, performance of another Hajj will not be obligatory on him, if he later acquires enough wealth to enable to go to Makkah from his hometown.
If a person is hired to perform Hajj on behalf of another person, but he cannot go for Hajj himself, and wishes to send someone else, he should seek permission from the person who hired him.
www.al-islam.org /laws/hajj.html   (1059 words)

 USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Hajj is an Arabic word which means the performance of pilgrimage to Makkah in Arabia.
A Muslim is to perform Hajj at least once in his/her life, if means and health allow.
It is to take place during the last month of the lunar calendar called the month of Zul-Hijjah.
www.usc.edu /dept/MSA/reference/glossary/term.HAJJ.html   (70 words)

 Amazon.com: Hajj: Reflection on Its Rituals: Books: Ali Shariati,Ali Shariatia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
This Hajj in English captures with impressive honesty and finesse the emotions and eloquence of Shariati.
The first complete translation of the masterpiece of Ali Shariati, it is not a treatise on the hajj, but a reflection by the astute haji on what the hajj means as it is performed and includes the meaning behind each and every ritual of the hajj based on the Arabic language and traditional sources.
He has tried to give not only philosiphical answers for the Hajj rituals but has gone further and deep down in the psycological aspects as well, which were not touched by any one before.
www.amazon.com /Hajj-Reflection-Rituals-Ali-Shariati/dp/1871031036   (1086 words)

 How to Perform Hajj - Umrah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Hajj is one of the best forms of worship and is one of the most sublime deeds because it is one of the pillars of Islam that Allah sent Muhammad(may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)with.
When the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) performed Tawaf and Sa'yi during the year of the Farewell Hajj with his companions, he ordered all those who hadn't brought sacrificial animals to change their intentions for Hajj to intentions for Umrah.
Muzdalifah: one of the ceremonial shrines of Hajj, between Mina and Arafah.
www.iad.org /books/HAJJ.html   (3215 words)

 The Hajj: a Muslim's pilgrimage to Mecca
One of a Muslim's duties, as described in the Five Pillars of Islam, is to go on Hajj at least once during his or her lifetime.
Followers of Islam who cannot go on a Hajj because of ill health or lack of money are excused from the obligation.
The Hajj formally begins on the eighth day of Dhul-Hijjah (Zul-Hijjah) - the 12th month of the Muslim lunar calendar.
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 Sami Mohy El Din Muhammed Al Hajj - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sami Mohy El Din Muhammed Al Hajj is a citizen of Sudan held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.
Al Hajj indicated that, on the advice of his lawyer, he was going to decline answering questions about his relationship to Al Haramayn, Abu Wafa, Mamdouh Mahmoud Saleem, SAMICO Services, his past travels.
When Al Hajj was asked: if he had said that a true interpretation of Islam would not condone violence against innocent people, like the 9/11 attack, he answered in the affirmative.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sami_Al_Hajj   (2278 words)

 Hajj and Eid ul-Adha
The Hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah is a central duty of Islam whose origins date back to the time of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH).
The Hajj in Pictures a gallery of photographs showing various sites, rites and stages of Hajj.
Hajj- the journey of a Lifetime at Islamic City - a nice overview of Hajj with lots of pictures.
www.ummah.net /hajj   (591 words)

 TorontoMuslims.com ---- where Toronto Muslims go first
The writer's experience with the existing texts available on the subject of Umra and Hajj, which provided him with the incentive and the justification for writing this handbook, has already been mentioned in the introduction "A Personal Note".
Muslims who perform the Hajj or Umra must run in the middle portion of the distance between Safa and Marwa seven times.
Sacrificing certain types of animals during Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha are part of Islamic rites.
www.torontomuslims.com /islamicinfo/hajj.asp   (472 words)

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