Thursday, 9 May 2013

History of the Hajj: The 5th pillar in Islam


THE HAJJ IS THE FIFTH PILLAR IN ISLAM

Kaabah

Hajj is the largest religious gathering known in human civilization. Its beginnings go back in history, after the time of Moses, at the time of Prophet Ibrahim a.s., who re-build the Kaabah with his son Prophet Ismail a.s. The related verses (ayat) in the Quran are many, such as:

Prophet Ibrahim and Ismail re-building Kaabah (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:127);

Kaabah as Qiblat (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:144 & 149);

Hajj rite (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:158);

Hajj (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:196-203);

four months observance of no war and animals (hadya and qala’id) brought to Kaabah (Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:2);

respect for Kaabah and four months observance of no war (Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:97);

Masjidil Haram (Surah Al-Taubah 9:19);

four months observance of no war – Zulkaedah, Zulhijjah (hajj month), Muharam and Rejab (Surah Al-Taubah 9:36);

Makkah and Baitullah (Kaabah) (Surah Ibrahim 14:35 & 37);


"And proclaim unto mankind the pilgrimage. They will come unto thee on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every deep ravine..." [al-Hajj:27]

The largest multiethnic multiracial human gathering ever in human civilisation that occurs annually in Makkah, especially in Masjidil Haram, when humans perform the Hajj.

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