Words of Wisdom:

"I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end, it doesnt even matter" - Rich8701


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The Hajj Procedure
Day One
The Muslim begins her or his spiritual journey by reciting their intention to perform Hajj. She or he then enters a spiritual state called Ihraam where the Muslim will refrain from things such as cutting their nails and hair, making marriage proposals, hunting or killing animals, sex, and wearing perfume. The Muslim then makes their initial tawaf (circle) around the Kab' ah. Afterwards, Muslims run between the hills of Safa and Marwa, symbolic of Hajar, wife of Ibrahim, searching for water for their son, Ismail. It is here that water appeared from a well (the well of Zamzam) below Ismail's feet. The pilgrims then travel to the nearby town of Mina.
Day Two
Pilgrims travel to Arafah after morning prayer. Once there, the pilgrims pray and repent for their sins on Mount Rahma (Mountain of Mercy). After this, the pilgrim travels to Mudalifah and collects seventy pea-sized pebbles, which will be used the following day for throwing.
Day Three
Pilgrims travel to Mina and throw stones at the Jamarat, which is the symbol of all the evil in the world. These ceremonial actions represent our continuous battle against evil. While throwing the pebbles, pilgrims recite "God is great" and "in the name of God." Pilgrims may then sacrifice an animal, consuming one third of the meat, giving one third to friends and family, and giving one third to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha. Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated all over the world. It is a joyous day for all Muslims. Pilgrims then return to Mecca and circle (tawaf) around the Kabaa'.
Day Four
Pilgrims then leave Mecca and return to Medina where they once again stone the Jamarat Pillars, this time stoning three instead of just one. Once again, the pilgrims recite "God is great" and "in the name of God."
Day Five
Pilgrims stone the Jamarat once again and return to Mecca. Once in Mecca, they once again tawaf around the Kabaa'. This is the "farewell" tawaf. This is an emotional time for the pilgrims because this is the...


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