In the Islamic Lunar Calendar every year after the blessed month of Ramadan follows Zil Hajj, when pilgrims from all around the world gather in the holy city of Mecca to visit the Kaabah.The first ten days of this month are considered very prestigious and are called the First Ashra of this holy month. Muslims pay their respects to the Kabaah, a monument which contains the Black Stone which was sent from Heaven and give sacrifice of animals as a tradition being followed by the Muslims and the Holy prophet himself from the time of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S).Hajj is one of the holy duties required in Islam, Tauheed being the first and utmost important duty which is to proclaim that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Messenger, followed by prayer, giving charity to the poor and fasting in the month of Ramadan. These two continuous months of worship, Ramadan and Zil Hajj give Muslims an opportunity to correct their previous mistakes and make up for any shortcomings that they unintentionally caused.
The basic teachings of the Quran is based on peace, equality and tolerance, however some minority extremists have caused to develop a negative opinion about Muslims in general. Their teachings revolve around the rights of community rather than the rights of individuals. The roles and duties of both men and women is very clearly defined, women are the caretakers of the home where as men are the bread earners. Islam influences every aspect of human life, may it be the attire, lifestyle, school, government and even the courts are based on Shariah Laws
Islam is considered to be one of the newer influential religions as it was re-introduced in 622 A.D. However its roots have been deep sought which causes clashes amongst the traditions Muslims follow and the Western influence.Since the 1950s Islam has been growing in the west because of the increase in the number of immigrants who want to escape Islamic dictators.
Muslims living in the west find it very hard to maintain a balance between their faith and moral obligations as a Muslim, which means living a life as per the teachings of the Quran and being part of a global society. After the proceedings of Hajj come to an end, Muslims feel their bad deeds have been wiped off and they are able to lead a virtuous and pure life.
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