Hajj Day 2 - November 5, 2011

Prayer November 7, 2011

Hajj Day 2 - November 5, 2011

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

Sacred Act 2: Wuqoof (Standing at Arafat)  

In the morning after prayers, the pilgrims proceed to the Plain of Arafat. It is believed that Muhammad delivered his final sermon from a hill above this plain during his last pilgrimage. Here, pilgrims perform the central ritual of the Hajj, the standing, or Wuqoof, to atone for sins.

The pilgrims face Mecca and pray from noon to sundown. These prayers are done in a prescribed way: they should remember God, ask for forgiveness and pray other Islamic prayers. Muslims believe that they leave this day cleansed of sin*, which also brings freedom from shame. Shame is a great burden to most Muslims. But with this act, they believe honor is restored.    

As the sun sets, the people are not required to quote any prescribed prayers. During these sacred moments, pilgrims are to be alone with Allah. They should ask that their sins and lifelong shortcomings be forgiven. At sunset, a cannon sounds.

Pilgrims leave Mount Arafat going to Muzdalifah, where they sleep or stay up all night under the stars. On the way, they can pick up stones and pebbles for the next day's ritual. Many Muslims not on the Hajj fast on this day of wuqoof.

Key Scripture to Pray “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and all the people in your house.”  Acts 16:31

PRAY:

What does the Bible say?
*    The Bible talks about sins being cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Matthew 26:28, Acts 2:38, 1 John 1:7