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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. jim

    Almost as bad as using "most stupidest"

    November 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  2. Timespanr

    What is Hajj....simple put, it is a Religious Pilgrimage to the Al-Harem Mosque, more specifically, the the Kaabha, located in the city Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Why you know ask? To duplicate the travel of Abraham, Hajja & their Son to this point. Originally this pilgrimage was performed by Christian, Jews and Arabs, them later by the Muslims. Today it is a Muslim ritual manditory once in the life time of any Muslim who can afford to go.
    This must be done at specific time and The trip to, performing the Hajj and back could be accomplished in one week, but most take approximate three weeks.

    November 4, 2011 at 2:00 am |
  3. Bo

    Evedently, nobody really knows

    November 4, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  4. hippypoet

    this is a great article that is being shown nothing but contempt! imagine a world where people get together like families on thanksgiving – but heres the difference – its a peaceful time!

    November 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • kimsland

      Actually this is one of those fill in articles.
      It is one sentence long and in an article reporting sense, this would be up there as one of the worst.
      I only replied because of your comment.
      If the 'Belief' blog wants better comments, start writing better, unbiased, blogs.

      November 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  5. Donkey

    It used to be a camel donkey race but later changed into human race, whoever want to win the race then he must complete a few round with a pit (well) and kiss (toss) the stone. The prize?? what do you expecting of???

    November 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • king'o'camel

      the prize was reloaded virginity in heaven.

      November 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • Mullah

      it is infidels wife, infidels daughters, infidels property. In fact you can do it too on infidels donkey and camel.

      November 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  6. Sheik

    Very Informative Hajj explanation video. I am going to share it in Pilgrimagetomecca.org website. Thanks.

    November 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  7. Chad

    No mass of postings by atheists slamming Muslims for their "fairly tale ideas", "religion is the source of all evil", "they are so stupid", and so on, and so on..

    why?

    November 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Brandon

      Atheists obviously only make fun of Christianity (one of the least ridiculous religions) but they'll accept one that claims the first people were 30 meters (over 90 feet) tall.

      November 4, 2011 at 1:13 am |
    • TheTruthFairy

      @Chad
      When the Muslims come on here and state their claims, we'll get right on top of it.

      @Brandon
      I find it amusing that you mock claims in other books, but ignore those in your own. i.e. How old was Noah?

      November 4, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • Chad

      @TheTruthFairy "When the Muslims come on here and state their claims, we'll get right on top of it."

      =>well, that's nonsense. 90% of the postings on the CNN blog are name calling data-less insults.

      atheists hate the Judeo-Christian God, that's what atheism is built on.

      November 4, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • TheTruthFairy

      @Chad
      You do know that the Judeo-Christian God, and Muslim God are one in the same right? We don't hate any of your Gods, we just don't believe in them.

      November 4, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • derp

      Chad, your are retarded.

      We atheists are not capable of hating god because we do not believe god exists.

      Do you hate bigfoot?

      November 4, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Lil

      Religion has been a source of conflict for more than a thousand years. Unless you refuse to take a side, then there is a legitimate reason to call any religion evil.

      November 4, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • simple

      actually some of those handles are muslims in the garb of an atheist.it is very easy to spot those!

      November 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Chad

      @TheTruthFairy "You do know that the Judeo-Christian God, and Muslim God are one in the same right? We don't hate any of your Gods, we just don't believe in them."

      =>Not true, if they did, they would love Jews instead of pathologically hating them. Christians and Jews worship the same God, they read the same OT. The only difference between Christians and Jews is that Christians feel the Messiah has come, and Jews are still waiting for His arrival.

      Jews are Gods chosen people. The fact that muslims believe Jews have corrupted His Word demonstrates that they worship a god they have made up.

      It's like:
      – "My hero is John Candy, you know, the Actor, Noble Laureate and 100m dash world record holder",
      – "Well, John Candy never held the world record, and was never a Nobel Laureate"
      – "Well, my hero John Candy did"
      – "Well, I dont know who your talking about, the real John Candy never did"

      They arent worshiping the real God, it's a made up god.

      November 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • JESUS SAVES ....his pocket lint.

      Chad, muslims worship the same god as christians and jews. They believe jesus was a prophet of the same god.

      "…We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam)." (Qur'an, 029.046)

      November 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • TheTruthFairy

      Newsflash for you Chad....... All gods are made up!

      November 5, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  8. NoJihadToday

    The Hajj is a cultist practice of Islam. They come to honor and worship an idol – a black rock which "fell from heaven". It is also a demonstration of the most intolerant religion in the world. Non-Muslims are not allowed anywhere near Mecca. Just google for the Mecca street sign. The punishment for violating this – jail at the least...

    November 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  9. hippypoet

    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 4:47 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Not much for you today is there?

      November 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • hippypoet

      yes, i don't have much to add.. this is a great article that is being shown nothing but contempt! including you dear william! imagine a world where people get together like families on thanksgiving – but heres the difference – its a peaceful time!
      tisk tisk...that is all.

      November 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  10. Grant

    WHAT?!?! Ray, is this true?!?!

    November 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Grant

      stop stealing my name, too. Oh, I get it, you're playing with yours@lf

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

    Grant, I hate to tell you this, but Ray and I have been talking and found we really have a lot in common.

    November 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Another poser!

      November 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Stop stealing my name, like I steal glances at Ray at the locker room

      November 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  12. Grant

    I already told you, Ray, that I'm with William Demuth!

    November 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  13. Ray

    Grant...I find your comment offensive...instead of spreading hate, spread love...prefferably over my body!

    November 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Ray

      this Ray wants love too......

      November 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • The Real Grant

      You should live so long

      November 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • Ray

      ...and this one!

      November 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • The Real Grant

      ...and I'm with William now!

      November 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  14. Ray

    maybe they should place one of their suicide bombers there. that way they can all have their 100 virgines...that is, of course if you're a straight man. if not or if you're a woman, you wouldn't matter and there is no reward!

    November 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • derp

      100 virgins?

      Wow, it used to be just 72. If I were to believe in a religion, I think Islam has a lot more going for it now than Christianity.

      How many virgins do christians get when they die?

      November 4, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  15. Grant

    If I had a rocket launcher...

    November 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  16. William Demuth

    Its EXACTLY why we developed cluster munitions.

    November 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  17. Ray

    they stone the pillars in the name of allah and then go out and commit acts of terrorism in his name. Islam was born in violence when Archangel michael beat and chokes mohammed until he wrote their koran. it continues to thrive in violence. why is it that Christians have coffee and doughnuts after services and moslems riot and loot after theirs?

    November 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  18. William Demuth

    Haji: Whack a Mole played with Predator drones!

    November 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  19. Reality

    Saving Muslims from the hajj is quite easy!!! (developed by yours truly based on the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi)

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    November 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  20. William Demuth

    Its home of the NASTIEST Porta Potty on the planet!

    November 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
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