The Observance of Hajj

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Islam is a monotheistic religion based upon the submission of oneself to Allah, the Islamic deity. Muslims are regarded as the followers of Islam holding the belief that Allah alone deserves worship and acknowledges him as the sole creator and command. Practicing Islam requires that not only its followers believe in the unity of Allah but also that they understand and embody the five pillars of Islam: Shahada1, Salat2, Sawm3, Zakat4, and Hajj5. These five pillars are obligatory actions made by Muslims everywhere as the strive toward fulfilling Allah’s commandments. The fifth pillar Hajj is unlike the other four as it requires a Muslim completely abandon their home life for a span of a few days for travel. The observance of Hajj dates back to the patriarch Abraham6 in 2000 BC and has since led Muslims everywhere to embark on this ritualistic pilgrimage. The History of the Hajj The history of Hajj began with the patriarch Abraham, his Egyptian slave Hagar and the son they bore Ishmael. According to tradition, Sarah, Abrahams wife felt extreme jealously toward Ishmael and Hagar and ordered they both be banished to woods. It is believed that then Abraham under both his wife’s wishes and God’s agreement to care for the two left them both in the desert. While in the desert Hagar is said to have struggled immensely to care for both her and her infant son. With neither food nor shelter Hagar prayed to God asking for help and “miraculously a spring gushed forth at Ishmael’s feet

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