EID MUBARAK + HAJJ 2016!

EID MUBARAK for tomorrow if you’re celebrating! Today also marks the the first day of the Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi hajj_and_umrah-focus-none-width-800Arabia which Muslims make at least once in their lifetime, provided they are mentally/physically well and are financially able to. It is best associated with the life of the Prophet Muhammad, but the rituals go back thousands of years before to the time of Abraham.  It is one of the biggest peaceful gatherings, with around 1.5 million foreigners from hundreds of different nationalities and races all around the world partaking. Once you arrive, you are in a state of ‘Ihram’, which is a purified state achieved after some cleansing rituals and putting on a white seamless cloth for men, and a headscarf and long loose garment for woman as well as the cutting/trimming of the hair, which removes any signs of status or wealth as all are equal under the eyes of God. Perfumes, makeup, jewellery, sexual relations, smoking, obscene language/thoughts are all prohibited as the main aim is to become closer to God through spiritual reflection. Contrary to what many may believe, there is no gender segregation during the pilgramige, nor is covering the face permitted. Many return to their home country with a very different approach to life, compassion and inner peace. Read more about the Hajj here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hajj

Once again, Eid Mubarak 🙂

Bushra

TWITTER: @BushraSpeaks

Email: bushrajalilofficial@hotmail.co.uk

 

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