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CAIR: American Muslims To Mark End Of Hajj With Prayers

* The "Sa'i," or "hastening" between two small hills near the Ka'aba, to commemorate Hagar's search for water to offer her son Ishmael.

* The "Day of Arafah." Arafah is a mountain and its surrounding empty plain near Mecca. On this day, the climax of the Hajj season, pilgrims assemble for supplication to God.

* The stoning of three pillars representing Satan's temptation of Abraham. The stoning indicates the pilgrim's rejection of evil deeds.

* Cutting the hair to symbolize the completion of Hajj.

* Sacrifice of an animal to help feed the poor, and in remembrance of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command. The meat is distributed to relatives and to the needy.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Become a Fan of CAIR on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational  Subscribe to CAIR's E-Mail List  http://tinyurl.com/cairsubscribe  Subscribe to CAIR's Twitter Feed  http://twitter.com/cairnational  Subscribe to CAIR's YouTube Channel  http://www.youtube.com/cairtv

 

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

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