- Posted October 24, 2012 by
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The Hajj: Have you been?
Hajj and its Message
The month of ZulHaj is the last month of the Islamic calendar. It has significance in that on the 9th day of this month is the day of Haj. This day commemorate the sacrifice and unquestioning faith of the prophet Ibrahim for God or Allah swt.
The Haj is a gathering of more than 2 million Muslims from all over the world. In the pre-Islamic period the Christian Arabs pilgrimage included gathering around the Kaaba, which housed idols of pagan gods. The Haj has been traced back to 2000 BCE and our prophet Mohammed pbh performed Hajj in the 7th century.
Every year Hajj reminds us of the prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice, dedication and love for Allah swt two million people gather in one place at the same time to ask for forgiveness, unity and strength. It is our duty as Muslims to carry this message even when we are not in Arafat. We must help the poor and those who are less fortunate. At IMANA we are always looking for volunteers to help us in our charitable work. Please join us to promote the practice of ethical medicine. May Allah swt give you health, happiness and prosperity.
Ayaz M. Samadani M.D.