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

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  1. Iqbal Khan

    Check this link...


    November 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  2. Iqbal Khan


    November 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  3. Iqbal Khan


    November 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  4. Iqbal Khan


    November 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  5. Dr. Zuess

    Iqqy, enough with your videospamming already. If you really want to persist with your fallacious nonsense about science in the quran, then go have a read here
    No, the sun doesn't orbit the earth.

    Primitives and their supersti-tions...

    November 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Iqbal Khan

      Please check the following link for your answers...


      November 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  6. Iqbal Khan


    November 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  7. Iqbal Khan


    November 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  8. Iqbal Khan


    November 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  9. Iqbal Khan


    November 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  10. myklds

    May God Bless all the atheists.

    November 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Dr. Zuess

      Thanks for nothing.

      November 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  11. zedds


    November 5, 2011 at 4:25 am |
    • Reality


      Obviously, you are victim of the infamous angelic con:

      To wit:

      Joe Smith had his Moroni.

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      Some added references to "tink-erbells".

      "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Apparently hallu-cinations did not stop with Joe Smith.


      "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

      And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      November 5, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  12. Iqbal Khan


    November 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  13. Iqbal Khan

    Check this link to improve your knowledge about Hajj:


    November 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Iqbal Khan


    November 4, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Iqbal Khan


    November 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  16. Iqbal Khan


    November 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  17. Iqbal Khan

    check this...


    November 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • JESUS SAVES ....his pocket lint.

      Looks like a whole bunch of roaches floating in a toilet bowl.

      November 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  18. JESUS SAVES ....his pennies.

    Isn't this where they go to worship a rock? Or am I thinking of some other stupid pilgrimage?

    November 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • raza

      what about the oil?

      November 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • JESUS SAVES ....his pocket lint.

      I prefer water to quench my thirst.

      November 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • Norman

      Look who is talking.
      Worshippers of the dumbest religion on earth.
      I have got some puzzles for Christians.
      God is one.
      Jesus is god.
      Holy spirit is God
      Mary is God.
      Then again
      God is one.....
      My Take: what is 1+1+1=????
      This is one of the basic belief of christians.
      Now let's see how much the christians respect their prophet.
      Ques:1 Who Killed Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him)
      Ans: Jews....
      Ques: 2 What do jews say about Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) and Mary (PBUH)
      Ans: Not mentionable due to the fact that Muslims respect Jesus |Christ Equally as Moses and other Prophets (PBUH)
      However one can think about the foul language of jews and if needed more watch WHY THE WORLD HATES JEWS on youtube.
      Now who is the number one Ally of the christians....Jews.....
      That points out how much respect the christians have got for their prophet.

      November 5, 2011 at 4:57 am |
  19. angelic

    it the time of the year where millions of muslims stack up against each other like sardines and the time we should use to bomb the crap out of them, they make a perfect target: heads down bottoms up!!

    November 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      Spoken like a true muslim.

      November 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Iqbal Khan


      November 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Dr. Zuess

      Iqqy, enough with your videospam already. If you really want to persist with your fallacious nonsense about science in the quran, then go have a read here
      No, the sun doesn't orbit the earth.

      Primitives and their supersti-tions...

      November 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  20. Reality

    It is so easy, said procedure is worth repeating:

    Saving Muslims from the hajj is quite fast!!! (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 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
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