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On Monday 11th February, one of our parents came into school to enhance Year Four’s understanding of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca for Hajj.  He gave a very informative talk focusing on the following points:

The Hajj is a pilgrimage to Mecca. It is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world and is the fifth pilgrim of Islam,that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every healthy Muslim who can afford to do so.

In Mecca each person:

1. Walks counter-clockwise seven times about the Kaaba, the cube-shaped building which acts as the Muslim direction of prayer.

2. Runs back and forth between the hills of Safa and Marwah.

3. Drink water from the Zamzam Well.

4. Goes to the plains of Mount Arafat to pray.

5. Throws stones in a ritual Stoning of the Devil.

The pilgrims then shave their heads and celebrate the three day global festival of Eid ul-Adha.