The Hajj or pilgrimage to Makkah is one of the five pillars of Islam "arkan-al-Islam”- Its purpose is essentially to facilitate the act of submission to Allah which is pinnacle to all followers of Islam. "Perform the pilgrimage and the visit [to Mecca] for Allah" Surah 2:196. It has enormous significance, not only for the pilgrim undertaking the Hajj but also for the wider Muslim community, the Umma, as it allows for all individuals to gain unification of faith. Such purpose can be examined through considering various rituals; the stand before Allah "wuquf", the stoning of the pillars at Mina, the commemoration of the festival of sacrifice "Id-ul-Adha", the circling of the Ka'bah and drawing water from the well of Zamzam. Such rituals give example to a profound meaning of the Islamic faith and upon completion, the individual is fulfilling to the ultimate goal of Islam, a more perfect submission to Allah.
When reciting this, one has faith in the guidance of Muhammad and his life (Sunnah). It is interesting then to examine why Islam, a religion that emphasizes the worship of Allah alone, places so much significance on the last messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The second of the five pillars of Islam is Salah. Salah refers to the physical act of praying towards the Kaaba in Mecca. It is an obligatory duty for Muslims to perform five times a day, with the proper cleansing and mentality.
Abu Hurairah reports that the prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) said: "If anyone goes back and from to the mosque to attend prayers Allah will prepare for him a feast in paradise" (bukhari). In Arabic the word used for mosque is Masjid, which means a place of worship or prostration. Muslims believe that the first place of worship ever built in this world was the Kaabah in Arabic, the most holy place of Islam, towards which millions of Muslims all over the world turn their faces five times a day during their Prayers, and to which each one of them activities to make Pilgrimage at least once in a life time. The Qur'an says: "Surely the first House founded for all mankind is that at Becca (Valley of Mecca) abounding in blessings and guidance for all peoples. In it is manifest Signs; it is the place of Abraham and whoso enters it is safe.
You alone we worship, and to You alone we turn for help. Guide us to the straight path, The path of those whom You have favored, Not of those who have incurred Your wrath, Nor of those who have gone astray. (1) This passage is a perfect example of how their must be an enormous amount of love, honor and respect for their god, Allah. God is asked to steer our lives in the right direction if we stray off the path. This, in a nutshell, sums up the main idea of being a Muslim.
The Muslims have to pray in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah (PBUH), every time they pray, they shoud focus their attention on Allah. They should pray wholeheartedly and sincerely to Allah to seek His Plessure and Forgiveness. They have to remember that Allah has given them twenty-four hours a day and He only commands them to performs five times obligatory prayers that take only a total of approximately one hour. The Muslims should be know the benefit of prayer and how to practice prayer to their life to get the beneficial lifes. So, for those new to Islam, setting off on a journey of prayer will bring great benefits.
About Hajj A Muslim is obliged once in their lifetime ,by their religion along with their own will, to take a pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi Arabia. This pilgrimage is called Hajj and is an amazing journey that is done for a definite purpose. It is part of the Five Pillars of Islam that is the basis of the entire religion making it obligatory. Through completing Hajj, a Muslim can begin to feel closer to Allah (Islam's God) and experience inner fulfilment. Hajj must be done for the right reasons, "it is for the glory of Allah not for the glory of the person making the journey."
Introduction The Islamic religion has a powerful meaning - surrender. Muslims in their religion pray to Prophet Muhammad who is regarded as the greatest of all prophets. Salat is one of the five pillars of Islam. The doctrinal narrative and experiential dimensions. The doctrinal dimension is important because ritual prayer of Salat Is one of the 5 pillars of Islam and is always in the direction of the ka’ba the shrine in mecca.
These are the most salient Muslim practices and have an extremely significant impact on the lives of adherents. The Five pillars of Islam consist of the testimony of faith (shahadah), five daily prayers (salat), almsgiving (zakat), fasting during the month of Ramadan (sawm), and the pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime (hajj). These practices and acts of worship originate directly from the Qur'an and are also discussed in the Hadith. Neither of the sacred texts explicitly states that there are five specific practices to be performed however the Quran does state in 33:2, ‘Follow what is revealed to you from your Lord’. The Five Pillars have been derived from other verses such as the practice of Zakat which can be found in Hadith 2:17, ‘Righteousness is this that one should believe in Allah .
Islam is a monotheistic religion that originated in 622 CE, in the Arabian peninsula. This religion puts a lot of emphasis on submission and full commitment to God, who they have named Allah. They express this commitment through their frequent rituals. Muslims have five pillars of practice and must apply their best effort towards these in order to be considered a true Muslim. First, is Shahadah, the declaration that they believe God is one and that Muhammad is the last prophet of God.
Exploration of Hajj Hajj means "inhabitation" and in Islamic terminology refers to the pilgrimage to the mosque of the noble Ka'bah in the magnificent city of Mecca. Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca, it is one of the five basic requirements of Islam. Muslims should make this journey at least once in their lifetime, it is a duty for all Muslims to visit the Ka'bah and stand before God on Mount Arafat. Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. The true Hajj is to be made between the 8th and 13th of Dul Hijjah, which is the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar.