Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah, the holiest city for Muslims, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey and can support their families during their absence.
BEHAVIORAL AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE OF HAJJ:
education is the behavior that a man displays every day. thus, if it said that Islamic rulings educate Muslims, it would be the truth. performing Hajj is one of these educational rulings, as hajj trains the Muslim individual to endure certain conditions that he may not be accustomed to in his everyday life.
sacrificing comfort; when a person is at home all his needs are taken care of, but the Hajj journey takes him away from home. Hence, hajj teaches people to get used to hardship and to sacrifice for the sake of others.
patience in confronting the problems of life, man is created with a propensity for anxiety and impatience when he faces the slightest problem that threatens his lifestyle, but hajj awakens the feeling of change inside him. hajj teaches pilgrims that it is not necessary to stick to a certain way of life and that luxury is not permanent as one might encounter problems and face hard times in future. thus, hajj provides a practical lesson is being patience.
appreciating the value of time; today the Muslim nation is one that wastes time and does not utilize it to the utmost, as most of its members spend hours in the idle talk which leads to losing out on many interests. hajj teaches Muslims to be punctual.
traveling from one place to another on specific days and times during hajj teaches pilgrims how to be punctual and pilgrims should apply this in their practical life.
THE LISTED ACTIONS SHOULD BE AVOIDED AFTER WEARING IHRAM:
- Clipping Nails
- Hunting Animals
- Using Cosmetics and Perfumes
- Lying, Abusing or Quarrelling
- Pulling Out the Teeth
- Wearing Seamed or Stitched Garments (For Men)
- Covering Head (For Men)
- Covering Face and Hands (For Women)