What are ihram clothes and what is their importance?
Muslim pilgrimage use different clothing that is simple and affordable. But it isn’t simplicity and affordability that make these clothes different. It is the reason behind wearing these clothes that make them different.
A Muslim going on pilgrimage first needs to clean his body and soul. Once the person is ready to start his pilgrimage, he can wear ihram clothing that is two pieces of terry towels. One piece is worn over waist to cover the chest and the second piece covers the lower part.
Upper piece: It is wrapped around shoulders and it covers body from neck to waist. But the user can wrap the towel from one shoulder to keep another shoulder free. Draping the towel over both the shoulders could restrict movement of the user.
Lower piece: It is tied on the waist and the user is free to use a rope or a belt to tie the piece on his waist. Though the rope or belt isn’t part of this cloth but it is mandatory to use a belt or rope as it isn’t possible to tie a towel without a rope of belt.
Color of the clothes
The clothes are white and Muslim pilgrimages have to accept white. They aren’t allowed to wear colorful towels. Advantage of wearing white color is it soothes body and mind. It’s a symbol of peace and tranquility. It shows that the person has renounced worldly desires and he recognizes only one power that is Allah.
Wearing white clothes show that all are equal in the eyes of the pilgrim. The pilgrim looks as the world as his home and citizens of the world as his brothers and sisters. He becomes friend of all and he prays for the betterment of all.
White clothes help prevent worldly thoughts from coming to mind. White color keeps mind free of negative and materialistic thoughts and in this way helps pilgrims in focusing on service of Allah. If you are a Muslim and you are going on pilgrimage then you should first understand value of the ihram clothing. It is more than a piece of cloth.
The moment you would put on the white terry towel over your body, you would feel light and stress free. There would be no negative and worldly thoughts in your mind and you would want to serve Allah. You are allowed to carry your religious books and prayer bead on pilgrimage.
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