Pilgrimage Is A Journey, Right Of Passage And Sacred Experience For Many Religions

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Pilgrimage is a journey, right of passage and sacred experience for many religions. The person partaking in the pilgrimage embark as one person and come back another. For some it is the journey that is the feat rather than the destination, however for most the destination of the pilgrimage is holy or sacred and the destination is just the beginning of what the pilgrimage is about. Pilgrims come from all over to see the holy site and will perform many tasks and actions to reach a state of enlightenment. The Islamic faith practices the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, this is called the Hajj. The Pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the five pillars of Islam. The four other pillars include Shahadah, Salah, Zakat and Sawm. Shahadah means profession of faith, Muslims must recite the creed "There is no God but God and Muhammad is the Messenger of God.” (Zahid) These words show their devout acceptance and solidifies their commitment to the religion. The second pillar, Salah, is all about prayer. The Islamic faith requires prayer daily and the number of times is based on your affiliation with either the Shi’a or the Sunni. Almsgiving, or the giving of gifts or money, is the third pillar and is called Zakat. Sawm is the fasting ritual muslims practice. This is done in the month of Ramadan and is an expression of self restraint. The Qur’an states "O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may learn self-restraint." (Qur 'an
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