Then the pilgrims stand together on the wide plain of Arafa and join in prayers for God's forgiveness, in what is often thought of as a preview of the Last Judgment.The close of the Hajj is marked by a festival, the Eid al-Adha, which is celebrated with prayers and the exchange of gifts in Muslim communities everywhere.This, and the Eid al-Fitr, a feast-day commemorating the end of Ramadan, are the main festivals of the Muslim calendar.
It is not only a personal religion, but also a social one.Muslims seek to live in accordance with God's laws.If you could understand Arabic, you would probably call Him Allah...."Islam was not born in the 7th century A. Rather, it is the same religion that God revealed through His messengers (peace be upon them) to every people.Islam sometimes seems strange to non-Muslims because it is a religion which impacts every part of life, from eating and sleeping to working and playing.There is no hierarchical authority in Islam, and no priests, so the prayers are led by a learned person who knows the Qur'an, chosen by the congregation. That is also charity.'very year in the month of Ramadan, all Muslims fast from first light until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations.
These five prayers contain verses from the Qur'an, and are said in Arabic, the language of the Revelation, but personal supplication can be offered in one's own language. Those who are sick, elderly, or on a journey, and women who are pregnant or nursing are permitted to break the fast and make up an equal number of days later in the year.
Visitors to the Muslim world are struck by the centrality of prayers in daily life. Although the fast is most beneficial to the health, it is regarded principally as a method of self purification.
By cutting oneself off from worldly comforts, even for a short time, a fasting person gains true sympathy with those who go hungry as well as growth in one's spiritual annual pilgrimage to Makkah - the Hajj - is an obligation only for those who are physically and financially able to perform it.
I don't believe in any form of discrimination or segregation. I am a Muslim and there is nothing wrong with being a Muslim, nothing wrong with the religion of Islam. Those of you who are Christian probably believe in the same God, because I think you believe in the God Who created the universe.
That's the One we believe in, the One Who created universe--the only difference being you call Him God and we call Him Allah. If you could understand Hebrew, you would probably call Him Jehovah too.
Nevertheless, about two million people go to Makkah each year from every corner of the globe providing a unique opportunity for those of different nations to meet one another.