BILLIONS WASTED ON HAJJ & ‘UMRA
Muslims spend billions of dollars every year on these empty rituals. The supreme objective of Hajj is the unity of mankind. 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’.
Hajj is the annual Convention in a specified time while Umrah is a visit to the Masjid of Makkah any time during the year. Both have a sublime objective as the Qur’an explains, although Muslims have reduced them into mere rituals similar to the Days of Ignorance. There is no mention of kissing the black-stone in Ka’bah, any “holiness” about the ZAM ZAM water, or that of throwing rocks at the three pillars signifying Satan. The Noble Objective of the Pilgrimage is to arrange regular and intermittent international conferences in Makkah. Delegates from all over the world would get together there and devise ways to make the world a better place to live. (2:196, 3:97, 22:25-27)
STONING THE THREE SATANS
Abrahah, the Ethiopian Kingdom’s Christian viceroy of Yemen, was on his way to demolish the Ka’bah in the Year of the Elephant (the exalted Prophet’s year of birth, 570 CE), as we have seen earlier. Three Arab traitors had guided Abrahah on his way to Makkah through the desert. The pre-Islamic Makkans humiliated and then stoned these traitors to death and made out three statues of them in today’s plains of Mina outside Makkah. Then they used to stone those statues every year at the time of Pilgrimage. This ritual was ‘Islamized’ by Muslim historians naming them as three places where the ‘Satan’ tried to prompt Prophet Abraham to defy God’s supposed Command to ’sacrifice’ his son. And so, to this day during Pilgrimage, Muslims stone the three pillars calling them the Great, the Medium, and the Small Satan! Hundreds of Hajis (pilgrims) frequently get killed in the stampede set up by their enthusiasm to throw rocks on these “three satans”. Wouldn’t it be more appropriate if they ’stoned’ the Satan in their heads?
What and Where is Satan? It is nothing but our selfish ego. The exalted prophet once said that everyone has a Satan/Iblis within. Sahaba Kiraam respectfully asked, “Even you O Rasulullah?” He said, “Yes, I have made him a Muslim.” So, Satan is not an extrinsic entity.
The fallacy of Hajj Akbar (The Greater Pilgrimage)
September 3rd, 2008 by Dr. Shabbir
The fallacy of Hajj Akbar (The Greater Pilgrimage) - Followers of the Ajami Islam think that if the Hajj falls on a Friday, it is the Greater Pilgrimage. According to some “Imams”, this is a highly blessed occasion. According to others, it heralds calamities for the rulers. They maintain that two Khutbas (sermons) one for Hajj and the other of Friday brings a bad omen to the rulers. :-) This is nothing but conjecture. In fact, Hajj is the Greater Congregation (Hajj Akbar) while ‘Umra is the lesser pilgrimage (Hajj Asghar, if you will).
9:3 And a proclamation from God and His Messenger is herewith made to all mankind on this day of the Greater Pilgrimage (9th day of the 12th lunar month, Zil-Hajjah).—.
It is NOT once in life. The Qur’an states nowhere that it is once in a life-time obligation. The delegates should meet as often as necessary.
22:36 And the camels! We have appointed them among the symbols (of obedience) to God; in them is much good for you. (They carry you and your loads and then help you host one another.) So, mention God’s Name over them when they are drawn up in lines (for slaughter). And after they have fallen to the ground lifeless, partake from their flesh, and feed the contented poor who do not beg as well as the poor who ask. Remember that God has subjected these animals to you so that you may be grateful. [The camels could be replaced by modern ways of food resources.]
Hajj is for all mankind, not just for Muslims
September 3rd, 2008 by Dr. Shabbir
3:97 Therein are clear messages (to achieve that coveted goal and recall) how Abraham once took his stand (against all divisions of humanity and was granted the leadership of all mankind 2:124-125). Those who enter the System symbolized thereby shall find inner peace and external security. Pilgrimage to this House is a duty all mankind owe to God, those who have the circumstantial means to undertake the visit. One who denies this command should know that God is Absolutely Independent of all His creation.
9:17 Those who associate others with God, (whether idols, dead saints, religious or temporal leaders), shall not administer God’s Masjids, the Centers of the Divine System – while they witness against their own ‘self’ denial of truth. All their works are in vain and they will abide in the fire. [9:107, 30:31, 72:18]
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. They strive to establish the Divine System, and to set up the Just Economic System of Zakaat and fear none but God. They are the only ones who are rightly guided. [Ya’mur = Maintains or administers. Yousuf Ali, Pickthall and Muhammad Asad correctly translate the word as maintaining or tending]
IDOLATERS NOT ALLOWED TO ADMINISTER