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Mock Haj enacted at Al Qamar Academy

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Learning the rituals at an young age: Children dressed in pilgrimage attire at the school.
Learning the rituals at an young age: Children dressed in pilgrimage attire at the school.

Haj is one of the most important acts of worship in Islam. Many Indian Muslims go to Saudi Arabia annually to take part in this holy pilgrimage. To learn about Haj, the children at Al Qamar Academy in Chennai enacted out a mock-Haj.

The children were all dressed in the traditional pilgrimage attire called the “Ihram”.

The boys wore two unstitched pieces of white cloth, while the girls donned the “jilbab”. At each stage, the different rituals of Haj were explained to the children who enthusiastically enacted them out.

They “lived” in tents in Mina, shouted out the ritual supplications, collected stones and finally stoned the Devil at the Jamarath. The children finished the rituals by drinking the holy water of ZamZam.

The entire process really brought home to the children what is done during the holy pilgrimage, much more than any boring lectures or written work could do.

Al Qamar Academy is a unique Islamic school which uses the Intelligent Schooling approach to ensure children love learning for a lifetime.

Started by an IIT Madras graduate and an MBA from the University of Washington, USA, the school is at the cutting edge of innovative education. It uses the Montessori method for the early years and Activity Based Learning for older children.

For more information, visit www.alqamaracademy.in

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