Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet . Virtual Hajj | PBS Step 2 - THE HAJJ RITES IN MECCA: Circling the House of God, Walking between Hagar's Hills, Drinking from the Zamzam Well. Step 3 - THE HAJJ RITES IN THE DESERT: Mina Valley, Plain of Arafat Step 4 - THE HAJJ RITES IN THE DESERT: Muzdalifah Step 5 - RETURN TO MINA VALLEY AND CONCLUSION OF THE HAJJ

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Step 1 - ARRIVAL AND CHANGE: The Purifying Rite of Ihram

Step 2 - THE HAJJ RITES IN MECCA: Circling the House of God, Walking between Hagar's Hills, Drinking from the Zamzam Well.

Step 5 - RETURN TO MINA VALLEY AND CONCLUSION OF THE HAJJ

Step 4 - THE HAJJ RITES IN THE DESERT: Muzdalifah

Step 3 - THE HAJJ RITES IN THE DESERT: Mina Valley, Plain of Arafat
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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 people—race, wealth, social position—and underscore the humanity all of us share as we stand before God.

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