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The Fifth Pillar of Islam: The Pilgrimage (Hajj)

The Fifth Pillar of Islam: The Pilgrimage (Hajj)The Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) is the fifth of the fundamental Muslim practices and institutions known as the five pillars of Islam.  Pilgrimage is not undertaken in Islam to the shrines of saints, to monasteries for help from holy men, or to sights where miracles are supposed to have occurred, even though we may see many Muslims do this.  Pilgrimage is made to the Kaaba, found in the sacred city of Mecca in Saudia, the ‘House of God,’ whose sanctity rests in that the Prophet Abraham built it for the worship of God.  God rewarded him by attributing the House to himself, in essence honoring it, and by making it the devotional epicenter which all Muslims face when offering the prayers (salah).  The rites of pilgrimage are performed today exactly as did by Abraham, and after him by Prophet Muhammad, may God praise them.

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The Inner Dimensions of Hajj

The Inner Dimensions of HajjNature of journey for Hajj

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Worship in Islam

Worship in IslamIn Islam, worship is understood as any utterance or activity, whether manifest or hidden, that Allah loves and is pleased with. It also implies the greatest degree of ...

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Islam and the class system

Islam and the class systemBefore we discuss Islam's attitude regarding the concept of classes it may be useful to try to understand what i...

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Hajj: Origin And Significance

Hajj: Origin And SignificanceHajj, or the Pilgrimage, is the last among those acts of Worship, which Islam enjoins upon you. Like the prayer, Fasting and Almsgivin...

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The Objectives of Islamic Law

The Objectives of Islamic LawWhen we say “objectives of Islamic Law”, we are referring to the general aims that Islamic Law strives to fulfill with resp...

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Are Muslim women oppressed?

Are Muslim women oppressed?Among the many topics of interest to non-Muslims, the status of Muslim women and the theme of their rights -- or rather, the perceived lack of them – seems to be for...

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A History of the Hajj

A History of the HajjHajj literally means ‘to set out for a place’.  Islamicly, however, it refers to the annual pilgrimage that Muslims make to Makkah with the intention ...

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Economics Principles of Islam

Economics Principles of IslamIslam has laid down some principles and prescribed certain limits for the e...

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Polygamy in Islam

Polygamy in the QuranIslam is criticized for allowing polygamy, for popular culture in the West views polygamy as relatively backward and impoverished. For many Christia...

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