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Hajj

The fifth Pillar of Islam is the pilgrimage to Makkah and its surroundings known as Hajj. All Muslims are obligated to make Hajj once in their lifetimes if they can afford it and are otherwise able to do so.

The Hajj is made from the eighth to the twelfth of the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah. Muslims travel from all over the world to perform Hajj. The rituals are themselves simple, but the amount of walking necessary, the hot climate, and the crowds make the Hajj a rigorous exercise in faith. To perform the Hajj, pilgrims enter a state of consecration known as ihram. In this state they may not clip their nails, cut or pluck any hair etc. Male pilgrims wear special clothes consisting of two seamless strips of cloth, one covering the back and shoulders, the other covering from the waist to the knees. Female pilgrims can wear ordinary clothing that covers everything but the face and hands.

Upon arriving in Makkah, the pilgrims first circumambulate the Kabah seven times in a ritual known as Tawaf. This ritual reminds the pilgrims that Allah should be the focus and center of their lives.The next ritual is Sa`ee, which is walking back and forth seven times between the hillocks named Safa and Marwah. On Dhul-Hijjah 8, pilgrims head to Mina, where they spend the day supplicating Allah. Early the next morning they go to `Arafah (or `Arafat). They spend the day supplicating Allah and begging for His forgiveness. Many stand on the Mount of Mercy to supplicate, though this is not necessaryAfter sunset the pilgrims move on to Muzdalifah, where they spend the night and collect pebbles to be used in the next ritual.

The next morning, Dhul-Hijjah 10, is the Day of Sacrifice. Most pilgrims slaughter a sheep or goat, and the meat is distributed to the poor. The ritual commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismaeel (peace be upon them both) and Allah’s provision of a ram as a substitute sacrifice.

But before slaughtering, the pilgrims go to throw pebbles at the stone pillars known as Al-Jamarat. This ritual commemorates Ibrahim’s stoning of Satan when the latter tried to tempt him to disobey Allah.

After this, the pilgrims cut or shave their hair (women cut off only a small amount) and return to Makkah to repeat Tawaf and Sa`ee. They sleep at Mina and repeat the stoning of the pillars on the next two days. A final Tawaf before leaving Makkah completes the Hajj. Many pilgrims also go to Madinah before or after Hajj in order to pray in the Prophet’s Mosque and visit his grave.

Umrah

The Umrah is a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year, in contrast to the Hajj. The pilgrim performs a series of ritual acts symbolic of the lives of Ibrahim and his wife Hajar, and of solidarity with Muslims worldwide. These acts of faith are:Perform a tawaf , which consists of circling the Kaaba seven times in an anticlockwise direction. Perform a sa'ee, which means rapidly walking seven times back and forth between the hills of Safa and Marwah, Perform a taqsir, meaning a cutting of the hair. A taqsir is a partial shortening of the hair, whereas a taqsir is a complete shave of the head, except for women, as they cut a little amount of hair instead.

These rituals complete the Umrah, and the pilgrim can choose to go out of ihram. Although not a part of the ritual, most pilgrims drink water from the Well of Zamzam. Various sects of Islam perform these rituals with slightly different methods. The peak times of pilgrimage are the days before, during and after the Hajj and during the last ten days of Ramadan.

Hajj and Umrah are both sacred acts of Muslims. Every Muslim wants to perform these acts atleast once a year. Our Umrah services are available to client throughout Umrah season including the month of Ramadan. Our services include complete Hajj and Umrah Package.

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