What do Muslims do during Hajj?
Hajj is an annual Muslim pilgrimage that takes place in Makkah located in Saudi Arabia. It is a religious obligation offered by the Muslims from all over the world who are healthy, financially able, to perform this pilgrimage at least once in their life. It is one of the largest gatherings of humans in the world .The pilgrimage rituals are completed in the period of several days and include Eid Al-Adha, a day of celebration enjoyed by Muslims all over the world in spite of the fact that they are taking part in hajj or not One of the philosophies of the Hajj is that of spirituality and unity. All Muslims perform the same rites and are encouraged to share the spirit of equality. In order to go for Hajj People try to find Hajj Packages for their easy travelling.
All pilgrims are to remain in a state of purity and simplicity termed as Ihram during the Hajj as much as possible. Pilgrims must wear simple clothes, men should wear two pieces of white unstitched cloth. Women are not restricted to a specific dress but are also encouraged to wear simple cloth.
On arriving Makkah, Pilgrims leave the city and head to a place known as Mina where they spend their whole day in praying. In mina 100,000 tents have been set up as temporary shelter and accommodation for the pilgrims.
On the second day pilgrims spend the entire day on a nearby hill called as Mount Arafat - the Mount of Mercy. This day is referred as day of forgiveness and the day is spent in asking Forgiveness of the past sins from Allah Almighty. Muslims around the world who are not physically present at the Hajj, also spend this day in prayer, fasting and supplication.
Pilgrims spend a night in a place known as Muzdalifa, which is a way between Arafat and Mina. Pilgrims spend their time here in prayer and also collects pebbles to be used in a ritual of the next day called as Jamarat.
The Jamarat is a ritual referring to the symbolic stoning of the devil. Three pillars - small, medium and large are there and pilgrims throw stone on them that was collected by them in Muzdalifa. The event associated with the stoning of the devil commemorate the event to stop Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (Abraham) from obeying Allah's commands. People do online search to find Cheap Hajj Packages.
In past years, due to the large number of People many were crushed and trampled. In accordance to this events Saudi Arabian government has modernize the walkways and access points make it safer for the pilgrims.
Pilgrims returns back to Makkah for the first day of Eid al-Adha, or known as the Feast of the Sacrifice. Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid on this day. In remembrance of the willingness of Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim to make sacrifice of his son on order of Allah Almighty but later Allah send the ram to be sacrificed. Muslims on this day sacrifice an animal - usually a sheep and distribute a portion of that meat to the poor.
On this day pilgrims also cut their hair. While men may shave their heads or cut their hair to a short length whereas women are only required to cut a specific length of hair.
Pilgrims return to Makkah for the final Tawaf also called as circling of the Ka'aba. The Ka'aba is an ancient stone structure situated in Makkah towards which all Muslims of the world face to offer prayer five times a day. Pilgrims walk around it seven times in anti- clockwise direction. People who are not having enough budget look for Cheapest Hajj Packages in order to make the trip under budget.
Although not a part of the Hajj itself, many people finishes their pilgrimage with a visit to holy places located in Madinah.