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One of the most important significance and aims of hajj is giving the Muslims a sense of unity and their relation to their Muslim brothers. They pray facing one direction, they fast during the same period, and they follow one messenger. During hajj this meaning is stronger and deeper because there is a deep sense craving in the hearts, and the talbiya and takbeer are heard from the tongues, and people are seen in their two pieces of white garments and they are seen moving around. So everything is the same, feelings, language, form and movement. Everyone is equal, poor, rich, weak and strong, scholars and ordinary people, leaders and followers. At this time the meaning of the saying of Allah: “verily the believers are brothers” become evident, and the unique sample of brotherhood established by the prophet between the migrants from Makkah and the helpers from Medina is renewed: “And [also for] those who were settled in al-Madinah and [adopted] the faith before them. They love those who emigrated to them and find not any want in their breasts of what the emigrants were given but give [them] preference over themselves, even though they are in privation. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul - it is those who will be the successful.” (Q59:V9)

Hajj also develops the spirit of nationality. A Muslim affiliates to his nation and his allegiance is to it, and acts of worship connect him to it. Coming to Makkah and going round the sacred places strengthens this meaning because he sees the Ka’aba which he faces, and he lives with the Muslims who he affiliates with in the same place. He seeks to be present in the house of Islam and the place of revelation, and it is like someone is telling him this is Makkah, this is the sacred house, this was where the incidence of: “And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House…” (Q2:V127), in this place was the uncultivated valley where Prophet Ibrahim came to and left his wife and son, and said: “Our Lord, I have settled some of my descendants in an uncultivated valley near Your sacred House “(Q14:V37). This was where Hajar ran between mount safa and marwa looking for water for her child, and this was where the water of zamzam gushed out between the legs of baby Ismael, this is the foundation of tauheed, the pedigree of history: “[It is] the religion of your father, Abraham. Allah named you "Muslims" before [in former scriptures] and in this [revelation] that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses over the people.” (Q22:V78). Thus, this unique act of worship deserves to be a complete institution for building the Muslim physically and spiritually.



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