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“Inside Mecca, A personal experience on Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca” Mr. Nihad Awad Executive Director of CAIR Wed. 5: 15 to 6: 45, CSIC 1115 Dinner will be served
Hajj The World's Largest International Gathering
Hajj A pilgrimage to Mecca during Dhu’l Hijja (the last month of the Muslim Lunar Calendar)
Kaaba The house of Allah in the Holy Mosque in Mecca towards which all Muslim face in every prayer.
Kaaba Sacred shrine to Allah in Mecca Muslimsdon't worship the Kaaba but only worship Allah and Him alone.
Mecca The holiest city for Muslims, located in Western Saudi Arabia
The Holy Mosque
Talbeeyah "The response to Allah’s call for Hajj" "Here I am, O Allah, Here I am! Here I am, There is no one who is your partner, Here I am! Surely, all praise and blessings are Yours, and dominion. You are without companion"
Tawaf Circumambulating the Kaaba
Tawaf Circumambulating the Kaaba
Abraham’s Station A small glass station 30 meters from the Kaaba door. It’s the place where prophet Abraham used to stand when he was building the Kaaba.
Making Sa’i The act of walking between the two hills: Al-Safa and Al-Marwah. Lady Hajar walked between the two hills: Al-Safa and Al-Marwah searching for water for her son Ishmael
Ihram The simple white garments symbolize the equality of believers
Hajj Glossary Al-Haram: The Holy City of Mecca. Hajj: A pilgrimage to Mecca during Dhu’l Hijja (the last month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar). Umrah: An Islamic ritual that is performed at Mecca anytime of the year. Hajji: A pilgrim who journeys to Mecca.
Hajj Glossary Sa’i: The act of walking between the two hills: Al-Safa and Al-Marwah. Al-Safa: The hill on which a pilgrim begins his/her Sa’i (walking). It is about 200 m Southeast of the Kaaba. Al-Marwah: The hill on which a pilgrim ends his/her Sa’i. It is about 250 meters Northeast of the Kaaba.
Hajj Glossary Mecca: The holiest city for Muslims, located in Western Saudi Arabia. Kaaba: The house of Allah in the Holy Mosque in Mecca towards which all Muslim face in every prayer. Arafah: The most important stop during Hajj, located southeast of Mecca. Mina: One of the ceremonial shrines, a valley near Mecca.
Hajj Glossary Ihram: The ceremonial state of making Hajj or the Hajj garments themselves. Takbeer: Saying "Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is Greatest"). Talbeeya: The supplication a Muslim recites once he is in Ihram and has made his intention. Tawaf: Circumambulating the Kaaba.
Hajj Glossary Hajar: Wife of prophet Abraham and mother of prophet Ishmael. Zamzam: The name of a well of water that sprang up beneath Prophet Ishmael when he was an infant. It is about 150 m Southeast of the Kaaba. Eid ul-Adha: The festival of sacrifice performed on the 10 th day of Zul-Hijjah (last month in Islamic Calendar), in commemoration of Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael for God.
Hajj Facts Mecca is the place where the first house ever dedicated for pure worship (Kaaba) was built. The two hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah are the place where Hajar, Ishmael's mother, walked when she searched for water for her thirsty young child. Throwing Jammarat with pebbles commemorate Abraham's action as he stoned the devil who tried to dissuade him from obeying God's orders to slaughter his son Ishmael.
Hajj Facts About 2 million. Muslimsfrom more than 70 countriesjourney to the holy city of Mecca each year to make the spiritualpilgrimage known as the Hajj.
Hajj Facts The pilgrimageis one of five pillars of Islam that form the framework of Islamic life. All Muslimswho are physicallyand financiallyable are expected to perform the Hajj at least once.
Hajj Facts Muslims trace the origin of the Hajj to the Prophet Abraham and his son Ishmael. Both built the Kaaba, the shrine in Mecca toward which Muslims turn five times each day when praying.
Hajj Facts The Hajj begins on the eighth day of Dhul. Hijjah (month for Hajj), the 12 th month of the Islamic Calendar, and lasts for as long as six days.
Hajj Facts Over the course of the Hajj, pilgrimstravel the nine miles from Mecca to the Plain of Arafah and back, stopping at the sacred sites of Mena and Muzdalifa to perform prayerful rituals.
Hajj Facts One of the five "pillars"or essential acts of worship in Islam. Hajj is obligatory at least once in a Muslim'slifetime, if conditions permit. The purpose of the pilgrimage is the same for every pilgrim who makes the journey: the worship of God.
Hajj Facts According to the Qur'an, prophet Abraham instituted the pilgrimage and established its rites around the Sacred House. Many centuries later, these rites were re-established by Prophet Muhammad. Hajj constitutes the world's largest international gathering.
Hajj Facts The most importantday of the pilgrimageis the ninth day of the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah. On this Day of Arafat , the huge throng of pilgrimsspends the afternoon at the vast Plain of Arafat. Believed to be a prototype of the gathering place of the Last Judgment, praying for God's forgiveness and mercy.
Hajj Facts The Hajj is a profound spiritual experience for Muslims, taking them back to the originof their God -centered faith in the prophet Abraham. It is also a time of experiencing the brotherhood and equality of humanity.
Hajj Facts We are reminded to keep our Beloved Lord at the Center of our lives. We are remindedto keep Him in front of our lives and in center of our existence. Wheneverwe pray, this circulation is affixed and imprinted in our consciousness. We stand in awe of His Presence as if we are circlingnon-stopin ecstasy round and round our Beloved Lord.
The Holy Mosque