Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet . Virtual Hajj | PBS
ARRIVAL AND CHANGE: The Purifying Rite of Ihram
The first rites of the Hajj take place at one of the border stations on the edge of Mecca's sacred territory. A pilgrim arrives here as a person identified by a name, social position, race, nationality, and a daily way of life. Before crossing into Hajj territory, the pilgrim leaves all this behind, intentionally adopting the universal identity of a person dedicated to God. To mark this profound change of perspective, men and women exchange their distinguishing clothes for more uniform garments: Men put on two strips of unadorned white cloth, women adopt more modest forms of their usual dress. The clothes act as a leveler. They de-emphasize the differences that separate peoplerace, wealth, social positionand underscore the humanity all of us share as we stand before God.