The Hajj is important to Muslims because it helps to teach them about their true purpose on Earth, to feel a closer connection to Allah, to unite with their brothers and sisters on the journey, to find their humility, to help them reinforce worship methods and to recognize the equality of all people, states the BBC. All people are equal on the journey because there are no indications of wealth, socioeconomic status, or pride in profession or other attributes.Continue Reading
On the journey, all people must wear the white Ihram clothing, which is without any emblems or other signifying details. The journey is required by the Muslim faith of all people who are physically capable of completing it, and who can afford to go. It is expected that if it is possible, all Muslims will make the journey at least once during their life.
The Hajj is a special tradition (called the fifth pillar of Islam) and is limited to only Muslim people. Non-Muslim people are not allowed to go on the Hajj or to enter the temple upon arrival. There are more than three million Muslims who go on the journey every year. In the modern world, the Hajj has become one way for parents to re-instill traditional Islamic values in their young children and teenagers.Learn more about Islam
During Hajj Muslims wear the clothes of Ihram, which, for men, consists of two simple, white sheets. One sheet is draped over the shoulder while the other is secured at the waist with a belt. Women's clothing has more variety, and they are not permitted to cover their faces.Full Answer >
Prophet Muhammad is important to the Muslims because he was the one who revealed the Islamic religion to humanity. He was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in 570 A.D., and he was considered to be the last prophet to be sent by Allah.Full Answer >
Jerusalem is important to Muslims because it is believed that the Prophet Muhammad ascended to the heavens from Jerusalem after being taken there from Mecca. Muslims also faced Jerusalem in prayer instead of Mecca because of its connection to Moses, Abraham, Jesus and other prophets.Full Answer >
There are lots of Muslims who happen to be famous, like American converts Dave Chappelle and Shaquille O'Neal and international political figures such as Benazir Bhutto, the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. There are many American entertainment industry celebrities who affiliate themselves in one way or another with the Islamic faith.Full Answer >