A History of Ḥajj


An excellent daʿwah tool demonstrating the significance of the Ḥajj within Islām.

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  During the Ḥajj period itself, the atmosphere around the sacred precincts of the Kaʿbah was like a circus. Men and women would go round the Kaʿbah naked, arguing that they should present themselves before Allāh in the same condition they were born.

 

Ḥajj literally means ‘to set out for a place’. Islamically however it refers to the annual pilgrimage that Muslims make to Makkah with the intention of performing certain religious rites in accordance with the method prescribed by the Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam).

Ḥajj and its rites were first ordained by Allāh in the time of the Prophet lbraaheem [Abraham] (ʿalayhi al-salām) and he was the one who was entrusted by Allāh to build the Ka’ba – the House of Allāh – along with his son Ismāʿīl [Ishmael] at Makkah. Allāh described the Ka’ba and its building as follows:

And remember when We showed Ibraaheem the site of the [Sacred] House [saying]: Associate not anything [in worship] with Me and purify My House for those who circumambulate it [i.e. perform ṭawāf] and those who stand up for prayer and those who bow down and make prostration [in prayer etc.].” (Sūrah al-Ḥajj 22:26)

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