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Hajj Day 1 - November 4, 2011

November 7, 2011

Hajj Day 1 - November 4, 2011

Source:  CRY OUT http://www.cryoutnow.org/

Sacred Act 1: Ihram (cleaning)  

There are six different places to enter Mecca for ihram (ritual cleaning), so it is at the Miqat, "a stated place," where Muslims actually enter into the Hajj. After performing this ritual, the pilgrims are wrapped in white cloths (many have done this before arriving) a sign showing that all pilgrims are equal in Islam, kings and servants alike. But ihram is more than a change of clothes, it is the state of sacred purity the Muslim faithful must enter before conducting the Hajj.

From the Miqat entry point, most pilgrims head to the Ka'aba in the Grand Mosque. As they enter Mecca, they will shout the Talbiyah, a Muslim prayer. "Here I am at Thy service O Lord, here I am. Here I am at Thy service and Thou hast no partners*. Thine alone is All Praise and All Bounty, and Thine alone is The Sovereignty. Thou hast no partners*."

After the Ka'aba visit, the pilgrims walk to the tent city of Mina, continuing to quote the Talbiyah prayer. They must spend the night in prayer and meditation.

Key Scriptures to Pray
They will call on me, and I will answer them. I will say, you are my people and they will say, The Lord is our God. Zechariah 13:9b   May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14  

Pray:
  • Purification rituals may cleanse the body, but they don't cleanse the heart. Only Jesus can cleanse our hearts and we can only do that through repentance. Pray that the Holy Spirit would issue a call to genuine repentance that seeking hearts hear and respond to.
  • Thank Jesus that it is through His blood sins can be forgiven and pray that Muslims would understand that Jesus is the only way to the Father. Pray through John 1:29, Acts 10:43, Hebrews 1:3
  • Ask the Lord to bring to memory Scripture verses that the pilgrims may have heard on TV, radio, or Internet about the white robes God provides for those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 7:9). Pray they may understand and desire to be clothed with Christ's righteousness.
  • Two to three million people come together from all over the world for the Hajj. Pray for physical safety (protection from stampedes and disease - like the "Mecca flu").