Hajj and Umrah

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1. Why is Hajj so important to Muslims?

Hajj is an important pillar of Islam. It is obligatory on every Muslim, if he or she is in good health and can afford it. Going to Makkah  and doing the Tawaf of Ka’bah is the dream of every Muslim.

2. Where do Muslims do Hajj?

Muslims do Hajj in Makkah and adjoining places.

3. Name the places the Hujjaj go to during Hajj. Describe briefly what they do there.

1. Masjid al Haram: Hujjaj do the Tawaf of Ka’bah seven times.

2. Sa’iy: Muslims walk fast back and forth seven times between two hills called As-Safa and Al Marwah.

3. Mina: Hujjah go to Mina on the 8th day of Dhul Hijjah to spend their time praying, making du’aa and dhikr, and reading Qur’an.

4. Arafah: Hujjaj go to this place and stay there from morning till sunset on the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah. They make du’aa, seek forgiveness for their sins, read Qur’an, offer prayers and listen to the Arafah speech.

5. Muzdalifah: After sunset, the Hujjaj leave Arafah and go to Muzdalifah. They pray Maghrib and Isha and spend their night here. They also sacrifice animal on this day.

6. Mina: In the morning, Hujjaj leave Muzdalifah and go back to Mina taking with them pebbles to throw at the three Jamraats.

7. Masjid al Haram: Hujjaj finally go to the grand mosque to perform the main Tawaf of Hajj called the Tawaf-ul-Ifadah.

4. What does throwing stones at the Jamrat symbolize?

It symbolizes the action of Prophet Ibraheem (alaihis salam) when shaytan tried to stop him in three places on his way to sacrifice his son, Ismaeel. He threw stones at shaytan to get him out of his way. The Hujjaj remember that they should never follow the shaytan’s way.

5. What is the first thing the Hujjaj do in Hajj? And what is the last thing?

Tawaf of Ka’bah is the first and the last thing the Hujjah do. Subhanallaah!

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