Islam is the second largest and the fastest growing religion in the world. As stated by CNN that in the United States of America, the 1200 plus mosques that have been built were built in the past 12 years. Over the years, famous personalities living in the west like the famous boxers, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson and human rights activist Malcom X converted to Islam. In the past two decades, the modernization of Islam in terms of lifestyle has aggravated Islamic Fundamentalism, which is strongly feared by the world, as it would result in an outburst of violent attacks.[irp]
In the Islamic Lunar Calendar, every year after the blessed month of Ramadan follows Dhul Hijja when pilgrims from all around the world gather in the holy city of Mecca to visit the Kaabah.The first ten days of this month are considered very prestigious and are called the First Ashra of this holy month. Muslims pay their respects to the Kaaba, a monument which contains the Black Stone which was sent from Heaven and gives the sacrifice of animals as a tradition being followed by the Muslims and the Holy Prophet himself from the time of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S).Hajj is one of the holy duties required in Islam, Tauheed being the first and utmost important duty which is to proclaim that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Messenger, followed by prayer, giving charity to the poor and fasting in the month of Ramadan. These two continuous months of worship, Ramadan, and Dhul Hijja give Muslims an opportunity to correct their previous mistakes and make up for any shortcomings that they unintentionally caused.
The basic teachings of the Quran are based on peace, equality, and tolerance; however, some minority extremists have caused to develop a negative opinion about Muslims in general. Their teachings revolve around the rights of the community rather than the rights of individuals. The roles and duties of both men and women are very clearly defined, women, are the caretakers of the home whereas men are the bread earners. Islam influences every aspect of human life, may it be the attire, lifestyle, school, government and even the courts are based on Shariah Laws
Islam is one of the newer influential religions as it was re-introduced in 622 A.D. However, its roots have been deep sought which causes clashes amongst the traditions Muslims follow and the Western influence. Since the 1950s Islam has been growing in the west because of the increase in the number of immigrants who want to escape Islamic dictators.[irp]
Muslims living in the West find it very hard to maintain a balance between their faith and moral obligations as a Muslim, which means living a life as per the teachings of the Quran and being part of a global society. After the proceedings of Hajj come to an end, Muslims feel their bad deeds have been wiped off and they can lead a virtuous and pure life.