Thursday, September 1, 2011

Every Muslim at least once in your life should make the Hajj - to visit Mecca. In centuries past it was difficult, troublesome and sometimes even dangerous. Hajj takes place under conditions of sufficient funds to visit Mecca and to ensure the family before returning pilgrim. If there are conditions, and Hajj is not accomplished, the sharia threatens the offender is a heavy punishment in the hereafter, and despising that debt equates to an unbeliever. On the contrary, the hajj fulfilled promises complete forgiveness of sins committed before that time, and the perpetrators of this pilgrimage proudly wore their white turban - a sign of the hajj.

In the past, everyone who came to Mecca had to find a matvafa - a guide who will provide not only a pilgrim accommodation and food, but will make sure that he did not commit errors in performing the rituals and prayers. Hajj procedure has so many subtle nuances that no Muslim (even the most earnest) on their own are difficult to handle.

At the heart of the hajj is tawaaf - a seven-fold treatment of the Kaaba. This procession symbolises the divine order in which all beings are subject to a single center - the solar system, as embodied in God. During breaking the Kaaba pilgrims reverently kiss the Black Stone, because deeply believe in Judgement Day he will call and talk to Allah the names of all the faithful, who kissed it with clean lips.

On the eighth day of Hajj from Mecca sent a huge procession to the hill of Arafat, to listen to the sermon of the Imam and perform special prayers. Approaching the hill, all the pilgrims pray without ceasing, and exclaim: "Lyabbayk" ("I obey you!"). In the valley at the foot of the hill Arafat, believers should spend the night, and only visited this hill the pilgrims receive the title of "Haj".

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