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What Happens When Muslims Perform the Hajj

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What Happens When Muslims Perform the Hajj

Before entering Mecca during the hajj Muslims pilgrims must follow
certain requirements. Muslims should first say the Talbiya, recited
Arab words used for centuries. Then they should first take a bath as
this symbolises purity. Then they should change into the required
clothing for the hajj, for men this is two sheets of unsown white
material and for women it is a clean plain dress, this symbolises
equality for all Muslims, by all wearing the same clothes the
differences of wealth between all Muslims during the Hajj becomes
irrelevant.

Muslims performing the hajj have to follow certain rules while
performing the hajj: They must not use any perfume. No animals or
insects should be killed during the hajj. No plants should be damaged
or destroyed. Nothing dishonest or unkind should be done during the
hajj. No weapon should be carried. The head must be covered. Hair and
nails should not be cut while in the state of ihram and finally no
sexual intercourse is allowed. When these r...


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...ot physical and are
spiritual. It could also be said that events like the stoning of the
pillar is a symbol of the fight within yourself against the devil and
the time is spent as a learning experience within yourself in which
you will leave a better Muslim.

However I think this is a physical exercise in recreating what the
leading figures in Islam done in their time near Mecca., it is these
recreations that make the hajj so important, these recreations make up
the hajj so in my view it is a physical journey.

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