Hajj 2009 – Pilgrimage to Mecca, where the House of Allah is

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Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the five pillars of Islam. Hajj was made obligatory in the 9th year of Hijra. The Holy Prophet sent off 300 Muslims under the leadership of Hazrat Abubakr Siddique (may Allah be pleased with him) to Mecca so that they could perform Hajj. That was the year when it was banned for the Mushrikeen (those who associate partners with Allah) to enter Ka’ba. It was also made unlawful to perform Tawaaf (circling of Ka’ba) with naked body.

The following year, 10th Hijra, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) announced a head of time he himself would perform Hajj that year. He led tens of thousands of Muslims to Hajj that year and demonstrated to Muslims how to perform all the rites and rituals of the Hajj. This Hajj is known in history as Hajjatul Wida’ or Farewell Pilgrimage because this proved to be the last Hajj the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) performed. At the end of this farewell pilgrimage, the divine revelation that had started some 22 years ago came to an end with the following verse of Surah Al-Maidah:

“This day have I completed My commandments for you, and have brought to its fullness the favor that I have bestowed upon you, and have chosen Islam as your religion”

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Hajj 2009: inizia il pellegrinaggio verso La Mecca, uno dei cinque pilastri dell’Islam

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Domani ha inizio l’Hajj, o Pellegrinaggio alla Mecca, il quinto pilastro dell’Islam, un atto obbligatorio che però può essere compiuto solo a determinate condizioni. Ogni musulmano ha l’obbligo di recarsi alla Mecca almeno una volta nella vita se i suoi mezzi lo consentono.
Il pellegrinaggio si svolge tra l’ottavo e il tredicesimo giorno del mese di Dhu l-hijjah.

Le radici dell’Hajj risalgono al profeta Abramo; il pellegrinaggio a La Mecca riunisce milioni di musulmani di ogni razza e lingua in quella che è una delle piu’ coinvolgenti esperienze della vita umana. Da 14 secoli, innumerevoli milioni di musulmani, uomini e donne provenienti dai quattro angoli della Terra, compiono il pellegrinaggio alla Mecca, luogo di nascita dell’Islam. Nel fare cio’, essi obbediscono ad uno dei cinque pilastri dell’Islam, doveri religiosi dei credenti.

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