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The Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca

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The Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca
One of a Muslim’s responsibilities as described in the Five Pillars of Islam is to go on a Hajji Pilgrimage. "The Hajj consists of several ceremonies, meant to symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, and to commemorate the trials of prophet Abraham and his family...Prophet Muhammad had said that a person who performs Hajj properly 'will return as a newly born baby [free of all sins].' The pilgrimage also enables Muslims from all around the world, of different colors, languages, races, and ethnicities, to come together in a spirit of universal brotherhood and sisterhood to worship the One God together." 
Globally, millions of Muslims make the pilgrimage to Mecca each year during the last month of the Hijri (Islamic Calendar). To every Muslim, the city of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia is a holy place. According to the Qur’an and other sacred texts, it is a requirement for Muslims to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime. There are many symbolic events performed by pilgrims during the seven days ritual lasting pilgrimage. Ritual performance in these symbolic events is to fulfill the aim, of the pilgrimage, which is the soul purification.
To get ready for the pilgrimage, sacred white ihram is used by every individual instead of their regular clothes. An ihram is white cloth (two pieces of cloth for men and one piece of cloth for women) that is draped over the body. These two pieces of cloth for men is won one from waist to ankle and the other is thrown over the shoulder and women wear Hijaab which cover their entire bodies except palm, feet and face. When going to Mecca, wearing ihrams symbolize equality and unity of pilgrims before God. Regardless of whether somebody is a homeless person and the other is a doctor, both of them are equal despite their rankings.
Once the pilgrim enters into the ihram, which is regarded as a spiritual purity state, the person must not sin (must not quarrel, be involved or...

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