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Understanding The Hajj

Updated on October 5, 2014

The Black Cube in Mecca Saudi Arabia

Muslim pilgrims around the Kaaba, the black cube inside the Grand Mosque, a day before the Muslim's annual pilgrimage, known as the Hajj located at the center which is located in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Muslim pilgrims around the Kaaba, the black cube inside the Grand Mosque, a day before the Muslim's annual pilgrimage, known as the Hajj located at the center which is located in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. | Source

The Hajj

Hajj is a holy pilgrimage to Mecca, the holy city of the Islamic religion. The Kaaba, the most holiest and sacred shrine of Islam, is in Mecca and it is the chief goal of pilgrimage. The Kaaba is a square building in the Great Mosque. According to the Islamic law, every adult Muslim must if possible, make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca. The Islamic Religion requires every Muslim to make this journey at least once, if possible. The hajj includes a number of ceremonies that last several days. Muslims believe person who makes the hajj secures great religious merit. Such a person is called a hajji and it is held in esteem.

For me, the hajj will see a massive crowds every year from the global countries that gathers around the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that is part of a five-day spiritual journey that is meant to cleanse the faithful of sin and bring them closer to God. All male pilgrims dress in simple, white robes as a sign of equality before God.

At present, most Muslim countries have gained their influence of the Hajj. Political and racial conflicts often divide Muslims. In some cases, religious differences Islamic sects keep Muslim nations apart. Although Muslim peoples unite in resentment of all the colonial powers, and in common opposition to Israel, which they consider a foreign invader. These political issues reinforce the traditionally strong religious and cultural ties that have long united the Muslim world.

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