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    Importance of Ihram in Hajj


    Ihram is an Arabic word meaning ‘prohibition’ as well as a state of holiness. Ihram is essentially two un-sown sets of white clothes that one should wear before visiting the house of Allah. Among the many customary rituals, entering the state of Ihram is a priority as every other ritual needs to be performed in a holy state of mind and body. To be precise, Ihram is a complete state of spiritual purity; it demands to discard any unclean aspect of the mind, body & soul.

    Muslims enter the sacred state of Ihram as they progress on a pilgrimage to Hajj. These two sheets of clothing convey the ultimate purpose i.e. to reflect equality irrespective of background, age, nationality, race, status and class in life.

    As millions of people from around the globe come to perform Hajj, the identical dress teaches fairness and humbleness to each pilgrim. The significance of these two pure white sheets is meant to remind everyone that on the day of Judgement, all Muslims will be treated equally and will have to endure the fate of their deeds. There are a few obligations before entering in to the state of Ihram and only after following these requirements, one is ready to wear those two white sheets. For men, one sheet is used to wrap around waist and the other sheet is used to cover the upper part of the body.  However, for women, there are no special requirements except for covering the head with white cotton sheets.

    Every pilgrim is expected to enter into the state of Ihram before reaching Meqaat. After reaching Meqaat, every obligation concerning Ihram comes to an end. However, every ritual thereafter must still be performed in holiness and truth so as to experience Allah’s continuous presence.

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