Table of Contents
- 1 What is the Hajj clothing called?
- 2 What is the Hajj and why is it taken?
- 3 What is the purpose of Hajj?
- 4 What do you need for Hajj?
- 5 What do you need to know about the Hajj?
- 6 What should you wear to the Hajj in Saudi Arabia?
- 7 Where are the holy sites of the Hajj?
- 8 Why do Muslims wear ihram on the Hajj?
What is the Hajj clothing called?
Ihram is typically worn during Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month in the Islamic calendar. Ihram is also a state which a pilgrim is in during the Hajj pilgrimage. Before entering Ihram, they bathe, trim their nails and hair, make wudu (cleansing ritual), and pronounce a formal intention to perform Hajj.
What is the Hajj and why is it taken?
In Islamic terminology, Hajj is a pilgrimage made to the Kaaba, the “House of God”, in the sacred city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God (Allah).
What is the purpose of Hajj?
The hajj is a pillar of Islam, required of all Muslims once in a lifetime. It is a physically demanding journey that Muslims believe offers a chance to wipe clean past sins and start anew before God. Pilgrims seek to deepen their faith on the hajj, with some women adopting the head covering known as the “hijab.”
What do you need for Hajj?
- Ihram, including headscarf for women.
- Du’a book / app.
- Travel prayer mat.
- Qur’an (ideally small)
- Tawaf counter.
- Optional garments when not on Hajj for mosque: kufi and thoub for men. Abayat/spare prayer outfit(s), scarves, caps (optional) and pins for women.
What do you need to know about the Hajj?
( See photos from the Hajj .) The Hajj consists of a five-day excursion, required by all physically and financially able Muslims, to Mecca and the nearby holy sites of Arafat, Mina, and Muzdalifah. Once there, pilgrims perform a series of rituals to unify themselves with other believers, absolve themselves of their sins and pay tribute to God.
What should you wear to the Hajj in Saudi Arabia?
All people – women and men – who are attending the Hajj should prepare to be exceedingly modest for the duration of their stay in Saudi Arabia. Clothing must be modest and unadorned – for much of the pilgrimage, special religious garb is required for men.
Where are the holy sites of the Hajj?
The Hajj consists of a five-day excursion, required by all physically and financially able Muslims, to Mecca and the nearby holy sites of Arafat, Mina, and Muzdalifah.
Why do Muslims wear ihram on the Hajj?
Ihram clothing symbolizes the unity of Muslims and minimizes visible differences between them. Its simplicity and uniformity make it hard to tell the rich from the poor, the rulers from the ruled.