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Title:Some Rules of Hajj and Umrah Category:General Source:Abdulbasith muhammad Ibrahim,2018   Description:Complete the pilgrimages, major and minor, for the sake of God
The longing to visit the Holy Land persistenlty overwhelms a believer until he/she pays the visit thereفخ either through Umrah, Hajj or both. As it is incumbent upon every Muslim to perform the rite of pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime. God says, ‘Complete the pilgrimages, major and minor, for the sake of God’. In either case, a pilgrim initiates with honest intent to purify from wrong doings and obtain necessary learning as to differentiate between conditions, obligatory and voluntary worshippings, and pemissalbe, unaccetable and prohibited actions during both Umrah and Hajj.   Of which obligatory conditions are financial ability, maturity, and trip security; added to a mahram with regard to women. God says, ‘… pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to Allah – those who can afford the journey …’ whoever meets the said conditions should proceed with no procrastination. A hadith reads, ‘He who intebds to perform Hajj, should make haste to do so’, as he does not know what might happen . Hajj rites start on the day of Tarwiah – the 8th day of Dhulhijah- when pilgrims reach Mina and stay thereat supplicating and praying. Then, they approach Arafa on day 9th in a congregation of awe aspiring for forgiveness from God the Almighty. They remain thereat until sunset to complete the biggest part of Hajj (Arafa) before heading to Muzdalifa to stary the night of the 10th of Zulhijjah. In the morning of the 10th, they throw stones of Jamrat al Aqaba, shave head hair and circumambulate the K’aba and striding between Safa and Marwa . As regards the three days of Tashreeq, (11-13) of Zulhijjah, the pilgrims remain in Mina to perform the three rites of stoning – each with seven small stones- at the sunset of each of the three days. After which they perform a farewell circumambulation and get back home . Doing the rites, pilgrims should know that wearing Ihram, stopping at Arafat, throwing Aqaba stones, and onrush circumambulation are obligatory Hajj venerations. While those who do minor pilgrimage (Umrah) can suffice with circumambulation, running (Saee), and hair cutting or trimming . Those involved in minor or major pilgrimage must abstain from prohibitions such as wearing of tailored cloth, perfume, covering of head, obscenity and hunting. Moreover, pilgrims should commit to righteousness and good character in words and deeds. God says, ‘The pilgrimage takes place during the prescribed months. There should be no indecent speech, misbehavior, or quarreling for anyone undertaking the pilgrimage- whateve good you do, God is well aware of it. Provide well for yourselves: the best provision is to be mindful of God – always be mindful of me ’. In conclusion, a pilgrim who does the rites with faithfull honesty and righteousness is worthy of elevation. It is narrated in the hadith that ‘The reward of an accepted pilgrimage is no less than paradise ’. 

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