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Beginning with a quotation from the Qur'an about Mecca as the first house of worship, we see pilgrims arriving in Mecca and wearing their ihram clothes. The purpose of ihram (purity, unity and equality) is explained as well as the expectations while in ihram (peace, humility and patience). The pilgrim's prayer, the Talbiyah, is explained and the Kaaba in the Masjid Al-Haram is shown.
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29 March 1996

Classroom Ideas

This clip is useful for stimulating a discussion on forms of religious expression in society and how Hajj demonstrates the concept of Ummah (the Muslim community). They should focus on issues of a) equality, regardless of gender or personal wealth and status b) religious duty, as Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam c) good actions and why is it important to act on religious belief? d) community - looking at communities the students belong to and to reflect on what communities provide for their members.

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