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Now Playing # (22) The Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj)

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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

O mankind! Have fear of your Rabb; the catastrophic quaking of the Hour of Doom will be terrible indeed.[1] On that Day you shall see that every nursing mother will forget her nursing-babe and every pregnant female will miscarry, and you will see people as if they are intoxicated, though they will not be drunk: such will be the horror of Allah’s chastisement.[2] Yet there are some among people, who in their ignorance, argue about Allah and follow every rebellious devil,[3] though they are doomed to seduce whoever takes them as their friends and lead him to the punishment of burning fire.[4]


A scene from the Hour of Doom

O mankind! If you doubt that there is life after death remember that We first created you from dust, then from a sperm, then from a leech- like mass, then from a morsel of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, so that We may manifest to you Our power. We cause to remain in the womb whom We wish for an appointed term, and then We bring you forth as infants; then We nourish you so that you may reach your age of full strength. There are some of you who die young and some who live on to their abject old age when all that they once knew they know no more. You sometimes see the land dry and barren; but no sooner do We pour down rain upon it then it begins to stir and swell, putting forth every kind of beautiful growth in pairs.[5] This is because Allah is the Reality: it is He Who gives life to the dead and it is He Who has power over everything,[6] and this is a proof that the Hour of Doom is sure to come - there is no doubt about it; and that Allah will raise up those who are in the graves.[7]


Life cycle, life in this world and life in the Hereafter

Yet there are others among people who wrangle about Allah, though they neither have knowledge nor guidance, nor an enlightening Book,[8] twisting things around in order to lead others astray from the Path of Allah - for such persons there is disgrace in this life, and on the Day of Judgment we shall make them taste the punishment of burning fire,[9] saying: “This is what you prepared and sent forth with your own hands." Rest assured that Allah is not unjust to His worshippers.[10]


People invoke other deities besides Allah, without knowledge and guidance

There are some people who worship Allah standing on the verge of faith (half faith and half disbelief). When such a person is blessed with good fortune he is content; but if he encounters a trial he turns back headlong; thus losing both this world and the Hereafter, which is a clear-cut loss.[11] Then instead of Allah, he starts calling those deities who can neither harm nor help him; now that is going too far off in deviation from the Right Way.[12] He is calling upon those who are more likely to harm than help; what an evil master and what an evil friend he chooses for help![13] As for those who believe and do good deeds, Allah will admit them to gardens beneath which the rivers flow. Surely Allah does what He wants.[14]


Behavior of those who are standing at the verge of faith

If anyone thinks that Allah will not help His Rasool in this world and in the Hereafter, let him stretch out a rope to the sky if he can and cut a hole to peep through and see for himself whether his device can avert that which irritates him.[15] Thus have We revealed this The Qur’an in clear verses; and verily Allah gives guidance to whom He wants.[16] Surely as for those who are true believers (the Muslims), the Jews, the Sabians, the Christians, the Magians and the ones who commit shirk (polytheists) - Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection; for Allah is a witness over everything.[17] Do you not see how all who dwell in the heavens and the earth bow down in worship to Allah, including the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the animals, and a large number of people, even a large number of those deserving the punishment. He who is humbled by Allah has none who can raise him to honor; surely Allah does what He pleases.[18]


Allah always helps His Rasools

All the dwellers of the heavens and the earth prostrate before Allah


These are the two adversaries (the believers and disbelievers) who dispute with each other about their Rabb: as for the disbelievers, garments of Fire will be cut out for them, boiling water will be poured over their heads,[19] which will not only melt their skins but also the inner parts of their bellies,[20] and there will be maces of iron to lash them.[21] Whenever, in their anguish, they try to escape therefrom, they will be forced back therein, and will be told: “Taste the punishment of conflagration!”[22]


The disbelievers will have garments of fire, boiling water, lashes with maces of iron

As for those who have faith and do good deeds, Allah will certainly admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow. They shall be decked with pearls and bracelets of gold, and their garments will be of silk.[23] This is because during their life on earth, they were guided to accept the pure words of Allah and they were shown the Way of the All-Praiseworthy.[24] As for those who are unbelievers and debar others from the Way of Allah and from the Masjid-al-Harăm, to which We have assigned all mankind with equal rights whether they are natives or foreigners, and whoever intends to deviate from righteousness to wrongdoing in its vicinity, We will make him taste a painful punishment.[25]


Allah has given equal rights to all believers at Masjid-al-Harăm, whether they are natives or foreigners

Remember! We identified the site of the Sacred House to Ibrăhďm (Abraham), saying, “Worship none besides Me, sanctify My House for those worshippers who make Tawăf (walking counterclockwise around it as a part of the Hajj rituals), and stand in prayer, bow, and prostrate themselves,[26] and make a proclamation of Hajj (Pilgrimage) to mankind: they will come to you on foot and on lean camels from every distant quarter,[27] so that they may witness the benefits which are made available here for them, and pronounce the name of Allah over the cattle which We have provided as food for them, on the appointed days, then eat meat themselves and feed the indigent and needy.[28] Then they should accomplish their needful acts of shaving or cutting their hair and taking a bath, fulfill their vows and go for Tawăf-e-Ziyărah to the Ancient House.[29] This was the object for which the Ka’bah was built, and whoever honors the sacred rites of Allah, it is good for him in the sight of his Rabb. The meat of cattle is lawful to you, except what has already been mentioned to you; therefore, shun the abomination of idols and shun all false statements.[30]


Allah identified the site of the Sacred House to Ibrăhďm, and commanded him to build the Ka'bah, then call mankind to come for Hajj (Pilgrimage)

Dedicate yourselves to Allah and do not commit shirk with Him: for anyone who commits shirk, it is as though he had fallen from the sky; then his body is either snatched away by birds or carried away by the wind to some far-off place,[31] so it is, and he who respects the Symbols of Allah, surely shows the piety of his heart.[32] You may benefit (by using their milk) from the cattle dedicated for sacrifice, until the time of their slaughter, then their place of sacrifice is near the Ancient House.[33]


Committing shirk is like falling from the sky, then body is snatched away by birds

For every nation We prescribed a way of sacrifice so that they may pronounce the name of Allah over the cattle which He has given them for food, but the object is one and the same: to remember that your God is one God; so submit yourselves to Him as a Muslim, and O Prophet, give good news to the humble,[34] whose hearts tremble at the mention of Allah; who endure adversity with patience, who establish Salah and spend in charity out of what we have given them.[35] We have included the sacrificial camels among the Symbols of Allah, for there is much good for you in them. Therefore, pronounce the name of Allah over them while standing, and when they fall down on their sides after slaughter, when their movement completely stops, then eat of their meat, feed the contented (poor who do not ask) and the beggars (poor who ask). Thus We have subjected these animals to you so that you may be grateful.[36] It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him. Thus, He has subjected these animals to you so that you may glorify Allah for giving you guidance, and O Prophet, give good news to those who do good to others.[37] Surely Allah wards off evil from those who are true believers: for certainly Allah does not love anyone who is treacherous, ungrateful.[38]


It is not the meat or the blood of the sacrificed animals that reaches Allah, it is your piety that reaches Him

Permission to fight back is hereby granted to the believers against whom war is waged and because they are oppressed (before this revelation, Muslims were not allowed to fight even for self defense); certainly Allah has power to grant them victory[39] - those who have been unjustly expelled from their homes only because they said, “Our Lord is Allah." Had not Allah repelled some people by the might of others, the monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which Allah’s praise is daily celebrated, would have been utterly demolished. Allah will certainly help those who help His cause; most surely Allah is Mighty, Powerful.[40] These are the people who, if We establish them in the land, will establish Salah and pay Zakah, enjoin justice and forbid evil; the final decision of all affairs is in the hands of Allah.[41]


Permission is granted to the believers to fight in self defense, and for the cause of Allah

If they deny you O Muhammad, remember that before them the people of Nüh (Noah), ‘Ad and Thamüd;[42] the people of Ibrăhďm (Abraham) and Lüt (Lot);[43] as well as the residents of Madyan had denied their Prophets, likewise Musa (Moses) was also denied. Initially, I gave respite to all those unbelievers and then I seized them: see how terrible was My disapproval![44] How many townships, teaming with wrong doings, have We utterly destroyed! Today they lie with their roofs fallen in, their wells abandoned, and their lofty castles deserted.[45]


O Muhammad, you are not the only one being denied, all Prophets were denied before you

Have they not traveled through the land? Have they no hearts to learn wisdom, or ears to hear the Truth? Certainly it is not their eyes which are blind, but it is the hearts in their breasts which are blind.[46] These people ask you to hasten the threatened punishment. Well, Allah will never go back on His promise. In fact a day of your Rabb (time period in which Allah's decision is executed) is equal to a thousand years of your calculation.[47] There have been many townships teeming with wrong doings, to whom at first I gave respite and at the end I smote them. Towards Me is the destination of all.[48]


A day of your Rabb is equal to one thousand years of your calculation

O Muhammad, tell them: “O mankind! I am merely a plain Warner to you;[49] Those who accept the true faith and do good deeds shall be forgiven and provided honorable sustenance;[50] but those who strive against Our revelations, shall be the inmates of flaming fire."[51]


Acceptors of Truth shall be forgiven, while others punished

Never have We sent a Rasool or a prophet before you, O Muhammad, with whose wishes Shaităn did not tamper; but Allah abrogates the interjections of Shaităn and confirms His own revelations, for Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.[52] He makes Shaităn’s interjections a temptation for those whose hearts suffer from the disease of hypocrisy and whose hearts are hardened - that’s why the wrongdoers are in such an extreme dissension[53] - so that those who are endowed with knowledge may realize that this (Qur’an) is the Truth from your Rabb and thus believe in it and humble their hearts towards Him, and surely Allah will guide the believers to the Straight Way.[54] As for the unbelievers, they will never cease to doubt the revelation, until the Hour of Doom overtakes them suddenly or there comes on them the punishment of the Day of Disaster.[55] On that Day the Kingdom will be that of Allah’s; He will judge between them; so those who have embraced the true faith and done good deeds shall enter the gardens of delight;[56] but the unbelievers who have denied Our revelations shall receive a disgraceful punishment.[57]


Shaităn tampered with the wishes of all Rasools, but Allah abrogated such interjection

On the Day of Judgement, Allah Himself shall be the Judge for all

As for those who migrated for the sake of Allah and afterwards were killed or died, Allah will make a generous provision for them; certainly Allah is the One Who is the best Provider.[58] He will admit them to a place with which they shall be well pleased; for Allah is All-Knowing, Most Lenient.[59] Thus shall it be! He that retaliates equal to the infliction he received and then is wronged again, will most certainly be helped by Allah; surely Allah is the One Who is All-Forbearing, Most Forgiving.[60] That is because it is Allah Who causes the night to pass into the day, and the day into the night, Allah is indeed All-Hearing, Most Observing.[61] That is because Allah is the One Who is Real; and all those deities besides Him, whom they invoke, are false; indeed it is Allah Who is the Supreme, the Great.[62] Do you not see that Allah sends down water from the sky so the land becomes green? Surely Allah is the Benignant, Aware.[63] To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth; surely Allah is the One Who is the Self-sufficient, the Praiseworthy.[64]


Those who migrated for the sake of Allah shall be generously rewarded. Allah is the only One Who is Real, all other deities are false

Do you not see that Allah has subdued to you all that is in the earth and the ships that sail through the sea by His command? He is withholding the sky in a way that it cannot fall down on the earth without His permission; surely Allah is very kind and merciful to mankind.[65] He is the One Who has given you life, will cause you to die and then will bring you back to life again - yet man is indeed very ungrateful.[66] To every nation We have prescribed the rites of worship which they observe, therefore, let them not dispute with you concerning this matter - keep calling them to the Way of your Rabb; for most surely you are rightly guided.[67]


Allah is the One Who has given you life, causes you to die and will bring you back to life for passing on His Judgement

If they argue with you, say: “Allah knows best all that you do."[68] Allah will judge between you on the Day of Resurrection concerning the matters in which you differ.[69] Do you not know that Allah is aware of all that is in heaven and the earth? Certainly all of this is recorded in a Book and it is very easy for Allah to do so.[70] Yet they worship besides Allah those deities for which He has revealed no sanction, nor they themselves have any knowledge about them; certainly the wrongdoers shall have no helper.[71] When Our revelations are recited to them with all their clarity, you can notice a denial on the faces of the unbelievers. They can barely restrain themselves from assaulting those who recite Our revelations. Say to them: “Should I tell you something which is far worse than that? It is the fire of hell, which Allah has promised to those who reject the truth; what an evil abode it will be!”[72]


Allah will judge between you concerning those matters in which you differ

O mankind! Here is an example for your understanding, so listen to it carefully. Those deities whom you call besides Allah, cannot create a single fly, even if they all combined their forces, rather, if a fly snatches away anything from them they cannot even get it back; how feebleminded are the suppliants and how powerless are those whom they supplicate![73] They do not render to Allah the homage due to Him; in fact, Allah is the One Who is All-Powerful, All-Mighty.[74]


Gods besides Allah have no power to create even a creature like a fly

Allah chooses His messengers from among the angels and from among the human beings, for surely Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.[75] He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and to Allah shall all matters return for decision.[76] O believers! Bow down, prostrate yourselves, worship your Rabb and do good deeds so that you may attain salvation.[77] Strive in the Way of Allah as you ought to strive with sincerity and discipline; He has chosen you and has not laid upon you any hardship in the observance of your faith - the faith of your father Ibrăhďm (Abraham). He named you Muslims before in prior scriptures and in this (The Qur’an), so that His Rasool may testify against you and you yourselves may testify against the rest of mankind. Therefore, establish Salah, pay Zakah and hold fast to Allah, Who is your Protector - so what an excellent Protector and what a splendid Supporter![78]


Allah named the believers Muslims in the prior scriptures and also in this (The Qur'an)

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* A scene from the Hour of Doom.
* Human life cycle: life in this world and life in the Hereafter.
* Behavior of those individuals who were standing at the verge of faith is identified.
* The fact that Allah always helps His Rasools.
* Divine law granting equal rights to all believers in Masjid-al-Harăm, whether they are natives or foreigners.
* The fact that Allah Himself identified the site and asked Prophet Ibrăhďm (pbuh) to build the Ka’bah and call mankind to come for Hajj (Pilgrimage).
* Someone who commits Shirk is like someone who falls from the sky and his body is snatched away by birds.
* The fact that it is not the blood or the flesh of a sacrificed animal which reaches Allah but the piety of the individual who is offering the sacrifice.
* The first Commandment of Allah granting permission to the believers to defend themselves and fight against the unbelievers and mushrikďn.
* On the Day of Judgement, Allah Himself will be the Judge for all.
* Allah’s promise to those who migrate for His sake that He will reward them generously.
* The fact that Allah called the believers Muslims in the prior scriptures and also in The Qur’an.

It appears that after the migration, when the month of Zul-Hijjah arrived, it brought to the immigrants the memories of their homes in Makkah, and naturally they must have thought about the Ka’bah and the Hajj congregation. These memories grieved them to think that the mushrikďn Qureysh had debarred them from visiting the Sacred Mosque. Therefore, they might have been praying for and expecting Divine permission to wage war against those tyrants who had expelled them from their homes and prevented them from visiting the House of Allah. This Sürah specifies the purpose for which the Ka’bah was built and clearly states that Hajj (pilgrimage) was enjoined for the worship of the One God (Allah). But it is an irony that it had been dedicated to the rituals of shirk, the worship of 360 idols and the real worshippers of One God (Allah) had been debarred from visiting it. Through this Sürah, Allah also granted the Muslims permission to wage war against the tyrant mushrikďn in order to oust them and establish the righteous way of life. According to Ibn Abbăs, Mujăhid, Urwah bin Zubair, Zaid bin Aslam, Muqatil bin Hayyan, Qatadah and other great commentators, v. 39 is the first verse that granted the Muslims permission to wage war.

This Sürah has also addressed the mushrikďn of Makkah, the wavering Muslims, and the true believers as follows:

The mushrikďn are warned in a forceful manner in these words: “You have persisted in your ignorance and trusted your deities instead of Allah, though they possess no power to protect you.” They are also admonished time and again for their creed of shirk through providing sound arguments in favor of Tawhďd (Oneness of God) and the Hereafter.

The wavering Muslims, who had embraced Islam but were not prepared to endure any hardship in its way, have been admonished in these words: “What is this faith of yours? You are ready to believe in Allah and become His servants provided you are given peace and prosperity, but if you meet with afflictions and hardships in His Way, you discard Allah and cease to remain His servants. You should bear in mind that this wavering attitude of yours cannot avert those misfortunes and losses which Allah has ordained for you."

The true believers are told that the mushrikďn of Makkah have no right to debar them from visiting the Ka’bah. They have no right to prevent anyone from performing Hajj because the Ka‘bah is not their private property. This objection acted as an effective political weapon against the Qureysh because it posed this question: "Are the Qureysh mere attendants of the Ka’bah or its owners?" This question implied that if the Qureysh succeeded in debarring the Muslims from Hajj without any protest from others, they would feel encouraged in the future to debar others who happened to have strained relations with the Qureysh. In order to emphasize this point, the history of the Ka‘bah’s construction is cited to show that it was built by the Prophet Ibrăhďm (pbuh) by the command of Allah and he had invited all of mankind to perform Hajj. That is why people coming from outside Makkah had enjoyed equal rights with the local people from the very beginning. It is also made clear that the House had not been built for the rituals of shirk but for the worship of One Allah. Thus it was sheer tyranny that the worship of Allah was being forbidden there while the worship of idols enjoyed full license.

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26 The Poets (Ash-Shu'ara) listen
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36 Ya-Seen (Ya Seen) listen
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42 The Consultation (Ash-Shura) listen
43 Ornaments of Gold (Az-Zukruf) listen
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45 The Kneeling (Al-Jathiya) listen
46 The Curved Sand hills (Al-Ahqaf) listen
47 Muhammad (47) listen
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49 The Dwellings (Al-Hujurat) listen
50 The Letter Qaf (Qaf) listen
51 The Winds that Scatter (Az-Zariyat) listen
52 The Mount (At-Tur) listen
53 The Star (An-Najm) listen
54 The Moon (Al-Qamar) listen
55 The Most Beneficent (Ar-Rahman) listen
56 The Event (Al-Waqi'a) listen
57 The Iron (Al-Hadid) listen
58 She That Dispute (Al-Mujidala) listen
59 The Gathering (Al-Hashr) listen
60 The Examined One (Al-Mumtahina) listen
61 The Row (As-Saff) listen
62 Friday (Al-Jumu'ah) listen
63 The Hypocrites (Al-Munafiqoon) listen
64 Loss and Gain (At-Taghabun) listen
65 The Divorce (At-Talaq) listen
66 Prohibition (At-Tahreem) listen
67 Dominion (Al-Mulk) listen
68 The Pen (Al-Qalam) listen
69 The Reality (Al-Haaqqa) listen
70 The Ways of Ascent (Al-Ma'arij) listen
71 Noah (Nuh) listen
72 The Jinn (Al-Jinn) listen
73 The Enshrouded One (Al-Muzzammil) listen
74 The Cloaked One (Al-Muddathir) listen
75 The-Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah) listen
76 Man (Al-Insan) listen
77 Those Sent Forth (Al-Mursalat) listen
78 The News (An-Naba) listen
79 Those Who Pull Out (An-Naziat) listen
80 He frowned (Abasa) listen
81 The Folding Up (At-Takwir) listen
82 The Cleaving (Al-Infitar) listen
83 Those Who Deal in Fraud (Al-Mutaffifin) listen
84 The Splitting Asunder (Al-Inshiqaq) listen
85 The Mansions of the Stars (Al-Burooj) listen
86 The Night Comer (At-Tariq) listen
87 The Most High (Al-A'la) listen
88 The Overwhelming (Al-Ghashiya) listen
89 The Dawn (Al-Fajr) listen
90 The City (Al-Balad) listen
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93 The Morning Hours (Ad-Dhuha) listen
94 Relief  (Al-Inshirah) listen
95 The Figs (At-Teen) listen
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98 The Clear Proof (Al-Bayyina) listen
99 The Earthquake (Az-Zalzala) listen
100 The Courser (Al-Adiyat) listen
101 The Calamity (Al-Qariah) listen
102 Rivalry in world increase (At-Takathur) listen
103 The Declining Day (Al-Asr) listen
104 The Slanderer (Al-Humaza) listen
105 The Elephant (Al-Feel) listen
106 Quraish ( Quraish) listen
107 Small Kindnesses (Al-Maun) listen
108 Abundance (Al-Kawthar) listen
109 The Disbelievers (Al-Kafiroon) listen
110 Divine- Support (An-Nasr) listen
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