Hajj rituals

Imam Khomeini Revived Divine Perspectives of Hajj

The founder of the Islamic Republic revived real philosophy of the Eid of sacrifices and the event of Hajj and taught the Muslims worldwide that how they should make best use of these social and spiritual events.

Imam Khomeini , on the Feast of Sacrifices, the first year after the victory of Revolution gave a message to the pilgrims of Hajj, in which he embarked upon analyzing fully how Kaaba came into existence and what the Muslims should do. He considered a place for dissemination of monotheism and negation of polytheism. He emphasized that Kaaba was the original place of monotheistic call and the center for breaking the idols, and today the devils all over the world. Reasoning on some Quranic verses then, he argued that it was incumbent upon Muslims to keep Kaaba clean of all impurities and pollutions the worst of which is polytheism. Again, he referred to the prophet’s rejection of polytheists in the Quranic chapter al-Tawba and pointed out to the uprising of the Promised Mahdi (PBUH), the savior who would first appear by the House of Kaaba and invite the people to monotheism. Imam Khomeini, then, concluded that all idol-breakings would start from the Kaaba and would spread to other places and the Muslims too had to follow his example.

Imam Khomeini , during the last years of his fruitful life, gave different messages to the annual Congress of Hajj explaining how the religions practices had to be done and how the pilgrims should benefit from them. He had, in fact, organized a charter for the Muslims to perform their acts like the prophet Ibrahim. Here we will refer to 3 important messages of the Imam, which contain not only all necessary aspects of political ceremonies or rites to be performed but also the problems and troubles that Islamic nations are encountered with:

Millions of Muslim pilgrims in Hajj ceremony have marked the Feast of Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, at the desert of Mina.

More than two million Muslims gathered at the desert of Mina located five kilometers east of the holy city of Mecca for a three-day spiritual journey.

As part of the Hajj rituals, the pilgrims dressed in the same simple clothes have flocked to the desert to slaughter sheep or cattle to celebrate Eid al-Adha, on October 4.

They also performed rituals of the Day of Arafah. At this annual ceremony Muslim pilgrims have their hair shaved or cut after stoning a symbol of Satan.

The Day of Arafah is regarded as the essence of the Hajj rituals. This day is the culminating event of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca which falls on the 2nd day of Hajj pilgrimage rituals. 

Muslim pilgrims are performing the rites prophet Muhammad did over 14-hunded years ago in his farewell pilgrimage.

Muslims around the world also celebrate the following three days in honor of the occasion.

Hajj is considered as one of the five pillars of Islam and the largest act of mass pilgrimage in the world and every capable Muslim must perform it at least once in their lifetime.

The holy pilgrimage is also a demonstration of Muslims’ unity and their submission to Allah. 

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