Ourbeacon.com website, books and QXP have satisfactorily clarified all these things years ago. The new friends will do well to learn from some bright minds during the last 10-15 years. Why reinvent the wheel? Yes, new ideas are always welcome after you have studied the Ourbeacon basics.
Surah 22. Al-Hajj – The Annual Convention (Pilgrimage)
[Author’s Note] This is the 22nd Surah of the Qur’an. It has 78 verses. As usual this Surah embraces concepts and commands in a beautiful diversity. The Qur’an maintains a unique literary style that wherever we open the Book, we feel instantly connected. In my humble opinion, cover to cover reading with understanding of the Book of God twice in a whole lifetime enables us to enjoy its grandeur whenever and wherever we open it. Revisiting the Book for reference and consultation must go along regularly throughout life for our own good.
Pilgrimage to the Sacred Masjid of Makkah has been ordained for all humanity with its prime objective being to seek solutions of all human conflicts and attain universal unity. Hajj does in fact mean ‘determination for a noble cause’. The traditional, ritualistic approach to Hajj comes from Pre-Islamic times and has no basis in the Qur’an.
Ignorance knows no bounds. Thousands of Muslims "perform" Hajj for their deceased relatives although the Qur’an clearly tells us that a person gets rewarded for one's own actions only. Some would fast for others.
ARE NON-MUSLIMS DEBARRED FROM THE SACRED MASJID?
God invites all mankind to Hajj. Then, why are non-Muslims forbidden to come near the Sacred Masjid in Makkah?
“God invites all mankind”, period. But our clergy loves dissension of thought and action. You will soon conclude that, once again, the prohibition comes from the man-made, ‘Imamist’ Shari’ah.
Verses 9:18, 9:28, 3:97, 22:25-28 directly answer the question.
9:18 & 9:28 mention administration of Masjids and the other mentioned verses invite all humanity to Hajj.
9:18 Only those people are fit to administer or maintain the Masjids (the Centers of the Divine Order), who have unwavering belief in God and the Last Day… [Ya’mur = Maintains or administers. Yousuf Ali, Pickthall and Muhammad Asad correctly translate the word as maintaining or tending.]
9:28 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! The idolaters have made their hearts unclean (and the Sacred Masjid of Makkah is the House of Pure Monotheism). Only those who believe in the Divine System can administer this Sacred House. So let not the Idolaters come close to it (for administering the House) after this year of theirs. If you fear loss of any gains, God will enrich you with His bounty. This is the promise of God Who is Knower, Wise. [See 9:18 for administration or maintenance. Also, note that God invites all mankind, not Muslims alone, to the Pilgrimage of the Sacred House. 3:97, 22:27]
Will the Qur’an contradict itself by inviting all mankind to join the Hajj Convention and then debar non-Muslims?
HAJJ IS INCUMBENT ON ALL PEOPLE, NOT ON MUSLIMS ALONE
3:97 … the Hajj Convention at this House for the sake of God is due upon all mankind, for those who have the circumstantial means to undertake the visit. One who denies this command (should know that) God is Absolutely Independent of His creation. [Mankind can realize the blessings of unity by rallying around this Divinely appointed Center. 22:25-28]
22:25 Surely, those who reject the truth and bar people from the path of God, and from the Center of Divine Ideology, the Sacred Masjid, must know that We have appointed it for all mankind alike. This is the Inviolable House of worship and security for the locals as well as the visitors (2:125). Whoever seeks to relegate it from Ideology to ritualism, directly or through side cannels, We will make him taste an awful doom. [Zulm = Relegation from the rightful place]
22:27 “And announce to mankind the duty of Pilgrimage. They will come to you on foot, and on every kind of fast mount, coming from every far-away point on earth.”
22:28 So that they might see with their own eyes and experience what benefits the Divine System holds for them (in addition to uniting them in the common bond of humanity).
How will the non-Muslims see and experience the benefits, if they are debarred from Pilgrimage?
Please reflect again on the ‘administration’ and ‘maintenance’ of the Masjids - And the fact that HAJJ has been enjoined upon all humanity, not on Muslims alone. None but the N2Is (followers of the Man-made, Number Two Islam) would debar God’s servants from the Sacred Masjid of Makkah.