What is the Hajj, and what is its religious significance?

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In the Islamic religion, there are the Five Pillars, which suggest the five basic things a Muslim should do as the will of Allah: Tithe for the poor, pray five times daily, there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger, fasting during Ramadan, and the Hajj.

The Hajj involves a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, at least once during a person's lifetime.  Every year, millions of pilgrims from all over the world make the Hajj to worship at the Kabaa in Mecca.  This only applies to those Muslims who can afford to make the trip and are able-bodied, although there are some who will save their whole lives for this one trip.

hamiduhabiba | Student

Hajj is one of the best forms of worship and is one of the most sublime deeds because it is one of the pillars of Islam that Allah sent Muhammad (peace be upon him) with. A servant's religion is incomplete without it.

Islam is the religion of peace in other word is total submission to the will of Allah. Islam is build on five pillars which are as follows:






Hajj is the fifth and last pillar of Islam, hajj is perform at the 9th day of the month of "Dhul-hajj" that is the last month of the year.   

The fifth pillar of Islam is to make a pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, at least once in one's lifetime. This pillar is obligatory for every Muslim, male or female, provided that he/she is physically and financially able to do so 

There are three forms of Hajj:

Tamattu'- Ifrad - Qiran

Tamattu': A pilgrim wears Ihram for Umrah only during the months of Hajj, which means when he reaches Mecca, he makes Tawaf and Sa'i for ‘Umrah. He then shaves or clips his hair. On the day of Tarwiyah, which is the eighth of Dhul-Hijjah, he puts on his Ihram for Hajj only and carries out all of its requirements.

Ifrad: A pilgrim wears Ihram for Hajj only. When he reaches Mecca, he performs Tawaf for his arrival and Sa'i for Hajj. He doesn't shave or clip his hair as he doesn't disengage from Ihram. Instead, he remains in Ihram till after he stones Jamrat Al-'Aqabah on the Eid day. It is permissible for him to postpone his Sa'i for Hajj until after his Tawaf for Hajj.

Qiran: A pilgrim wears Ihram for both ‘Umrah and Hajj or he wears Ihram first for ‘Umrah, then makes intentions for Hajj before his Tawaf for Hajj. The obligations on one performing Ifrad are the same as those on one performing Qiran, except that the latter must slaughter whereas the former is not obligated to do so. The best of the three forms is Tamattu'. It is the form that the Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged his followers to perform. Even if a pilgrim makes intentions to perform Qiran or Ifrad he is allowed to change his intentions to Tamattu'; he can do this even after he has performed Tawaf and Sa'i 

The significance of performing hajj, first of all you fulfill your pillars of Islam and secondly if performed the way our prophet teaches us to do then all your sins will be forgiven by Allah(SWT). 

gutka | Student

hajj is very ,we can say pak,paviter place for the muslim company.

It is a great thing for the MUSLIMS to have a way to HAJJ.