November 3rd, 2011
02:22 PM ET

Explain it to me: What's the Hajj?

Millions of pilgrims have begun arriving in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam

soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Grant

    It's like Comic-Con except everyone wears the same costume.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • William Demuth

      As in your fat and smell bad?

      November 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  2. Reality

    "hajj (häj), the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, one of the five basic requirements (arkan or "pillars") of Islam. Its annual observance corresponds to the major holy day id al-adha, itself a commemoration of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son on Divine orders. "

    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/hajj#ixzz1cfmahwic

    Putting the kibosh on the hajj and the Ka'bah:

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

    The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

    November 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  3. William Demuth

    Haji was Johny Quest's gay lover.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Grant

      That's goooood.

      November 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • William Demuth

      My mouth is better!

      November 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  4. William Demuth

    Its an attempt at the world record for the most suicide bombers in one parking lot.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Bobby Moore

      Still an idiot, and not a funny one

      November 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  5. J.W

    I thought I knew what Haji was. Now I am not sure.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  6. William Demuth

    Its a Sham Wow convention.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • Answer

      They need more Sham Wow to clean up their mess.

      November 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  7. William Demuth

    It is like a Muslim Power Point Presentation about spermatozoa

    November 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • Bobby Moore

      It's like you're an idiot who has too much time on his hands

      November 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Actually quite busy debugging SQL.

      This is just a diversion!

      November 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • William Demuth

      ...and I know what you are thinking..."database programming? The Emo Phillips of computer science!", but it helps pay the bills, and I get free balogne at work!

      November 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Databases are like women.

      Find the right keys and take what you want

      November 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • TheTruthFairy

      GROUP BY

      November 4, 2011 at 6:11 am |
  8. Grant

    Close encounters of the lemming kind

    November 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  9. William Demuth

    Its like Where Is Waldo, but everyone wears white.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  10. William Demuth

    Its the worlds biggest compass

    November 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  11. William Demuth

    Its like the ending sequence of Dawn Of The Dead, where the zombies take over the mall.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  12. William Demuth

    Its like the running of the bulls in Palplona.

    They have one Jewish guy in the middle running for his life.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  13. derp

    Smelly muslims worshipping a rock?

    November 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Rick

      Yeah, not a pincushion

      November 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  14. William Demuth

    Its an open air dirty diaper market.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  15. William Demuth

    Its like a Greatful Dead concert on bad acid.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • hippypoet

      now william, i think we both know there is no such thing as bad acid... only bad trips...and its the tripper who makes it bad!

      November 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  16. Grant

    A pilgrimage to see the container for a meteroite that fell from heaven. Well, back in the day, this was big news. We have a bigger splat in Arizona.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I know...I made it with Ray 😉

      November 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  17. derp

    It's like NASCAR. The people smell bad, and it constantly circles in one direction.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Rick

      N(on) A(thletic) S(port) C(entered) A(round) R(ednecks)

      November 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  18. Alien Orifice

    It is the fastest way to spread bird flu.

    November 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  19. hippypoet

    it is a holy pilgramage of faith to the holiest sites in the islamic world, mecca ...... its a showing of the cutlures strength of religion as a whole – something christians don't have, just faith! so sad!

    November 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  20. William Demuth

    Its like the migration of the Wildebeasts, but it smells worse.

    November 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
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