30 Majestic Pictures Retelling The Journey Of The Hajj Pilgrimage

The History Of The Islamic Hajj Pilgrimage

The Islamic faith is known as being a part of the Abrahamic (AS) faiths alongside Judaism and Christianity. As part of Muslim doctrine there are five main pillars associated with practicing the faith such as fasting. Another pillar in the Islamic faith is known as the Hajj. The Hajj is an annual pilgrimage which takes place around a couple of months after Ramadan. The Hajj pilgrimage normally occurs from the 8th onwards of Dhul al-Hijjah which is the final month in the Islamic calendar. Every Muslim who is able to make the journey i.e. has the financial capability and is not in debt should undertake the holy pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

As Islam is a part of the Abrahamic (AS) faith the Hajj is undertaken in order to follow the footsteps of the Prophet Abraham (AS). When an individual arrives in Saudi Arabia the heartland of the Muslim world for Hajj, special clothing must be worn known as the ihram. The ihram clothing comprises of two white pieces of cloth which are wrapped around the body of a male pilgrim and women will often wear a niqab, abaya or jilbab. When the pilgrims enter this stage their spiritual journey begins. During the Hajj pilgrims must visit the two holiest cities in Islam Mecca, & Medina also known as the city of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). People performing the Hajj will circumnavigate the Holy Kabba by moving around in a cyclical motion as part of the early rituals required during the Hajj.

There are numerous rituals undertaken during the Hajj such as men shaving their heads symbolising a new beginning, sacrificial slaughter of an animal to remember the command Prophet Abraham (AS) received from God to sacrifice his son Ishmael (AS) but a lamb was sacrificed in his place through the mercy of God. Other rituals included running several times between the mountains al- Marwah and al- Safa to remember Hajar the wife of the Prophet Abraham (AS) who ran between the mountains searching for water and was granted the blessing of the Zam Zam well. Pilgrims also stone three pillars which represent Satan in the area of Mina. After the various practices related to the Hajj are complete and the sacrificial slaughter undertaken and meat distributed Eid ul Adha is celebrated to mark the end of the Hajj. All the people who undertake the holy pilgrimage are then initiated with the title Hajji for men and Hajjah for women as a sign of respect.

We decided to explore 30 pictures and images which relate to the Hajj:

30 Images & Pictures Delving Into The Hajj Journey

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