October 14th, 2013
01:58 AM ET

Inside the hajj: The world's largest annual pilgrimage

By Sarah Brown, CNN

(CNN) - Millions of Muslims began the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, which represents one of the largest annual human gatherings on the planet.

The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, a journey every Muslim is expected to take in his or her lifetime if the person is physically and financially able.

This year, the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca is hosting more than 2 million Muslims, about 1 million fewer than last year, according to the Associated Press.

Our iReport team has asked pilgrims who have performed the Hajj about how the experience changed them - and for their advice to those undertaking the pilgrimage for the first time.

The result is a mix of spiritual and practical life lessons that transcend Islam.

1. Patience

iReporter Amir Abdul Latip from Brunei said the Hajj taught him a patience that’s carried over to his life after the pilgrimage.

“I'm still not perfect, but the Hajj has changed my perspective on the temporal nature life, the universe, and everything else,” he says.

“Just be patient and always try to help others,” Latip says, adding that the Hajj helped “widen my views to see a bigger picture of our existence.”

Read more about Latip’s Hajj experience

Patience is an order during the Tawaf, a Hajj ritual in which throngs of pilgrims circle seven times around the Kaaba, a cube-shaped building considered the most sacred site in Islam.

The whole five-day event, which attracts around 3 million people, is slow going and sometimes chaotic.

CNN Explains: What's the Hajj?

“Several times things are not in control of the organizers – they try their best for pilgrims but they cannot do all due to some unforeseen circumstances,” said iReporter Muhammad Zafar from Simi Valley, California, who performed Hajj in 2011 with his family.

2. Down to earth

Ameer Hassoun, an Iraqi-born doctor who lives in New Jersey, said a key part of the Hajj is learning from other pilgrims.

“It taught me how to be very down to earth, to treat everything with humility, that there is no difference between us - no matter where we are," he said.

See images of Hassoun’s visit to Mecca in 2011

“People around the world share their own experiences from their home countries and so it’s a very fertile land for learning.”

For Hira Hasnain, a student in North Carolina who spent three weeks undertaking the Hajj, one of the most rewarding experiences was uncovering new aspects of her faith by meeting new people.

“It brings you closer, it provides a sense of unity.,” she says. “You realize that everyone around the world is striving to … achieve closeness to God and everyone has different ways of doing it.”

“Try to understand where everyone is coming from and your enjoyment of Hajj will be that much more meaningful,” Hasnain says.

Listen to more of Hasnain’s advice and see images of her hajj journey

3. Everywhere was white

iReporter Rafiu Olasunkanmi Yusuf, a Nigerian who works in Malaysia, said his 2003 pilgrimage revealed a “need to move closer to God.”

“Everywhere was white, that symbol of purity,” he said. “There was no distinction on the basis of race, country or color of the skin. One can feel the presence of the Almighty God as we perform the religious rites.”

Since then Yusuf, has tried to “devote more time to spiritual uplift and less time to worldly pursuits."

Haq, meanwhile, says his pilgrimage taught him to acknowledge God in “everything I do.”

“I pay close attention to my obligations as a Muslim,” he says. “My prayers, obedience to parents, fasting, zakat [gifts to charity - another of the five pillars of Islam] - I repent more often, and make more dhikr [prayers reciting the names of God].

“I also try to educate my Muslim and non-Muslim friends, co-workers and peers on Islam,” he says.

4. The hajj is hard

iReporter Amaan Haq from Woodbridge, Virginia, undertook his first Hajj in 2011 with his wife and said preparation was essential.

Read about Haq’s preparations for his Hajj

“Read and understand before embarking what acts are required from you,” he said. “The Hajj is hard even if you're young.”

The Hajj can be a physical and mental endurance test, with pilgrims sometimes walking miles each day. Haq advises pilgrims to take drinks or electrolyte salts to stay hydrated in the 90-degree Arabian sun.

Other iReporters recommended that first time pilgrims obtain a guide if possible, saying the complex sequence of rituals to be performed and the sheer size of the gathering can be overwhelming.

5. Just do it

Latip from Brunei said his final advice for those wishing to undertake the journey was to get going.

“Just do it,” he said.

“Don’t wait until you’re too old and frail,” he says. “And with costs rising year after year, it’s better to do it sooner if you can.”

That advice can apply to journeys other than Hajj, too.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Saudi Arabia

soundoff (779 Responses)
  1. Rainer Braendlein

    The Creed of Benjamin Franklin:

    "That there is one God, who made all things.

    "That he governs the world by his providence.

    "That he ought to be worshiped by adoration, prayer, and thanksgiving.

    "But that the most acceptable service of God is doing good to man.

    "That the soul is immortal.

    "And that God will certainly reward virtue and punish vice either here or hereafter

    Do this, love your fellow human beings, dear Muslims, and you will live! Forget your 5 pillars, it is in vain!

    October 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Yeah

      A question from Benjamin Franklin: "If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?"

      Thanks to the many more secular countries and regions now, studies have given us a conclusive answer: They would be better. Study after study shows it. Western Europe proves it, as does the Middle East and the Deep South in reverse.

      Franklin had no examples to see the truth, and he had been raised by zealoous Puritans, so his indoctrination was very deeply pounded into him.

      Oh, had America been the theocracy that dingbat Christians want for it, he would have been severely punished for some of his scientific experiments, which disproved things like "lightning is God's will.' Did you know that before Franklin, fire crews let a house burn down because God wanted it hit as punishment? Then Franklin proved that God's will can be controlled with a metal pole.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  2. Rainer Braendlein

    Many people in Africa die of starvation. Better the Muslims would donate their money instead of spending it for the meaningless Hajj. Dear Muslim, you led your fellow human being die when you don't donate. Do you think God will let you through at Judgement Day?

    Like all manmade religions Islam doesn't lead to righteousness and eternal glory but to injustice and damnation.

    All what God wants is that we love Him and our neighbour. Get off with your 5 ridiculous Pillars!

    October 25, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • RF

      Someone above mentioned, many people in africa is dying because of hunger and asking muslims to do give money instead of doing hajj.....Animal sacrifica given in the name of allah in the Hajj goes to all poor people from Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, You guys are spending lot on liquor/smoke/nude bars/ america bombing gulf...send all those money to hungry africans...look back your shoulder before you advice others...

      October 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  3. dark matter


    October 25, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  4. mohammed

    Muslims are living in deep happiness 🙂
    and by the way Islam is totally against killing innocent people even if they do not believe in Islam. Moreover, Islam told us to live with them in peace and harmony

    October 25, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • Adel-Egypt

      Those who hate Islam and Muslims keep putting their fingers in their ears so they don't hear the right, they only attack with no reference for what they say, i ask Christians to read Christian terrorism on wikipedia to know that terrorism has no religion and Islam is innocent from some Muslims behaviors but they don't listen or read .. Islam is the right way of life and as lng as you consider me as your enemy for being a Muslim, i'll always defend myself and my Islam 😀

      October 25, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • FifthApe

      Islam, like all other religions are based on delusion. They are all equally un-true. So silly that children see though them as you can tell my their questions.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the Original Hinduism Source.......)

      Mohammed, you're talking about moslems living on Mars, I heard that too, they believe in peace, they don't kill anyone.

      October 25, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the Original Hinduism Source.......)

      oh btw Mohammed, your moslem brother "Eliminate hinduism, blah blah blah..." comes here on CNN Belief blog daily, and spreads true version of Earthly Islam. Don't forget to read his posts and pick up things about Islam you never knew. He is very good.

      October 25, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  5. osama

    to know Islam listen to dr.zkir naik speeches

    October 25, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • osama

      go to YOU tube search DR.ZAKIR NAIK listen to his speeches he knows all religions and quote their references

      October 25, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • MSuken

      Zakir Naik is wrong about evolution, apostasy and terrorism. He likes Osama Bin Laden. He denegrates all other religions except his own. The fact that people look to him as a leader shows how misguided they are.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  6. Phoenix Gold

    Muslims you should know that Christians are identified by Love, if someone claims to be a Christian and does not give you Love be weary of them. Jesus said it that his are characterised by love. Remember that the holy, obidient servant of God Stephen asked the Father to forgive his murderers in the midst of the throes of death. The Apostle Paul was accepted by Christ and his sins forgiven despite being a murderer of Christians before Christ touched his Life. Even if you persecute a Christian he is not supposed to return evil for evil. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF MUSLIMS KNOW THAT GREATER IS THE ONE IN US THAN THE ONE IN THE WORLD. He is in all of us. Have you felt comfort amidst unsurmountable grief, peace amidst chaos or death? that is the one in all of us and desires for us goodness amidst his peace.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • RF

      If christianity is not teaching about evil to evil...then why bombed Afghanistan for 9/11 incident...

      October 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      No different than a beast claiming to be in love with his victim's, history and way of hindu criminal Christian's is enough to shame a hindu, beast.

      October 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  7. Adel-Egypt

    I'll not defend Islam because Islam doesn't need a defender, Islam has no relation to terrorism and if you read the history terrorism took place by other religion's followers, read about Christian terrorism in Wikipedia, does it mean Christianity orders Christians to terrorize the others .. sure no .. as a Muslim before i believe in Islam i must believe in Judaism and Christianity .. so don't blame Islam for what some Muslims are doing .. give a fair look to Islam and read the Quran and maybe you become a Muslim after your heart is opened for Islam and you turned from Islam hater to Islam lover .. who knows
    " Your Lord is God, who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then settled over the Throne, governing all things. There is no intercessor except after His permission. Such is God, your Lord—so serve Him. Will you not reflect? " Joanh : 6 the holy Quran

    October 25, 2012 at 7:15 am |
    • truth be told

      islam is idolatrous filth.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:25 am |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    October 25, 2012 at 7:12 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 25, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • TrollAlert

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      This troll is not a christian.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs."

      October 26, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  9. ibrahim

    you gave your Religion.and we have our Religion.No one tell us how to Worship allah.Some people use islam in wronge way they only represent themselves . Qur'an in first verse command to read in time your church was killing people such as Galileo Galilei or burning books . Islam Encourages to education if some muslims didn't educate there sons or daughters they represent themselves . your civilization was based on the translation of muslims
    scientist books.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:32 am |
    • truth be told

      Islam is a false religion, allah is a false god, mohammed was a false prophet. Muslims are a deceived, lying, murderous, idolatrous curse on the entire earth.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:24 am |
    • == o ===

      @truth be told

      They are no different than Christians for believing in the same sky fairy, you pompous, self-righteous homophobe. They are just more primitive. Christians used to be more like Islamists, but long ago.

      "Douglas" degenerates to:
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      "Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
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      and many other names, but of course I prefer to refer to this extreme homophobe as
      the disgruntled Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. writer boot camp flunkie.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  10. ima_nemisis

    If hajj is such a cure-all, the Kingom of Saudi arabia should offer to send all Al Qaedas, Talibals and other ignorant jihadist cowards, stupid-bombers and woman-haters among you muslims on a free hajj. Perhaps it might loosen you up a bit. Can any muslim really accept shooting a 14-year old girl for her campaign to educate all young muslim girls and women? Can any muslim really accept insisting that their wives and daughters cover themselves from head to foot? Or even having to manditorily wear a headscarf? Or beat your wives? Get over it. This is the 21st century. That stuff should never have ever been allowed, much less tolerated even in the 15th century. If I were a woman and was beaten or put under a black bag by a muslim man (or anyone for that matter) I would suggest to the man doing this that he should NEVER go to sleep or eat again, because when he does I will slit his throat or poison him. That would not be a threat – it would be a promise. Take your choice. -gatorexx-

    October 25, 2012 at 5:30 am |
    • Adil Khan

      Yes you are right. we are not allowed to force anyone to cover or wear burka. mostly what muslims are doing, is not according to islam, however they are doing it cause of the culture and these people really dont know what islam teaches. i am muslim, i dont have a beard, no one can force me, i myself have to anwer my god.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:47 am |
    • TribalBeat

      LOL. Atleast the man does not slit your throat if you do not comply with his demands. 😛 And that is all you can really do? Because everyone knows toe to toe you cannot possibly overpower The man. So much for equality that nature stripped you off. Who are you gonna sue? God? Fate!? 😛 Get with the program.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:32 am |
    • hearafter

      maybe you hate men so much, that's why.............. calm down.
      women are our mothers,sisters , daughters .. i am sure lots of them disagree with you.. you are accusing us of hate while individuals like you want to kill or poison their husband. i think you need to calm down.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:14 am |

    Heard a story by some black muslims from South Africa being discreminated against in Mecca. They said they were with their brown skinned bretheren countrymen and could clearly see the difference in their treatment. They ended up being with other black muslims, thats when they felt comfortable. Lets pray for muslims very seriously, in truth and in spirit, so they may be touched by the superior hand of the Lamb, he who was before i was and will always be. He who the Father rechoiced exceedingly in. He who loves eveyone, the Prince of peace, the Alpha and the Omega, the one who answers the righteous heart even before the mouth utters. Lets pray for them, i know it can be so difficult.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:42 am |
  12. Adil Khan

    Thank you all hindus, Christians, & Jews for the comments. i can feel the hatred you all have for muslims.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:42 am |
    • Against hate

      Non-Muslims are against hate. Islam is a doctrine of hate. Muslims are also victims of Islam.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:07 am |
    • Yeah

      And we appreciate your love of 9/11 and those riots because we have this freedom of speech thing.

      Hugs and kisses,

      The Not-Crazy Part of the World

      October 25, 2012 at 4:17 am |
    • Adil Khan

      Yeah- you can not judge a religion by the followers. read the book ...

      October 25, 2012 at 4:20 am |
    • Adil Khan

      against hate – read the Quran!!! and then comment if you think islam teaches hatred.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:22 am |
    • Yeah

      If the followers are violent, bullying pieces of shit, that is excellent indication that their system of morality sucks.

      Read the Quran. Don't care for teh sword verses, and I don't believe its nonsense any more than any other religion's book of make-believe.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:26 am |
    • Adil Khan

      then how can u blame a religion without knowing it.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:32 am |
    • asjad

      dear brother, do not comment in such a way that result in further rage and hate.
      and for everyone else, islam is not a lie nor its a religion of hate, as for the corrupt ppl,
      they are there everywhere in every country in every religion. then its not the fault of the country or religion. Islam is completed with ethics. one cannot perform a HAJJ even if he had taken a single dollar from someone.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:50 am |
    • ima_nemisis

      No Adil Khan, muslims hate themselves. How? Let me count the ways, here are a few: (1) (Some) muslims blow themselves up (suicide, forbidden by the Quaran. LOL in Hell!! Is this what Mohammed would do? Why would you?) (2) Some, not all, keep their daughters in ignorance, shooting their daughters if they dare seek an education (What palpable ignorance is this? Is this what Mohammed would do? Why do you? Why do other Muslims tolerate those who do? What are the imams tolerated who preach the hate that causes this insanity? Self-hate drives this ignorance, nothing else. (3) Treatment of the women in your life as if they were cattle. Covering them with black bags with narrow eye slits is an abomination. Why any woman would put up with that patent nonsense is beyond belief. All women treataed like this should demand their freedom and seek a better life and living conditions? How many of the men perpetrating this on their wives and daughters are named "Mohammed?" Is this what Mohammed would do? Why? It is a form of torture. Nothing less. You muslims who do this to your women must hate them and in the process yourself. (5) How can so many factions of muslims hate themselves to the point where they set off car bombs and suicide bombers among opposing sects of muslims in mosques and markets? Ffr what purpose? Face it: it's self-hate. I could go on, and on. But since you are mainly muslims reading this you know this yourself. Not all of you, but even you moderates accept this from your brothers and listen to this nonsense from the crackpot imams. So you must admit there is rampant self-hatred in the muslim community. Those who think like this are pathetically misguided and need therapy. I do not believe you need more muslim teaching if what you have received so far has brought you to the point of misguided hate. You need less of it. No, the catholics, hindus and buddhists do not hate muslims. They dislike the intolerance and ignorance and self-hatred they see among muslims every day. Most of all we pray to God / Allah that that you can be delivered from this insanity.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:54 am |
    • Adil Khan

      Yes Nemises you are right what they do is wronge. but you can blame the religion, what they are doing is by their own will and islam doesnt teach that. Even we are sick and tired off all these people, we dont want riots, bombing and insecurity in our country.
      making it short, it is not that islam teaches hate, its the people who are not following it, most of them uneducated, and they are doing what they are told to do.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:20 am |
  13. San

    but your Hajj cannot save you from HELL, it cannot clean you from your filthy sins...only faith in the Son of God aka the LORD and GOD Jesus Christ can save you from your sins. Islam is a lie.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:38 am |
    • Adil Khan

      life is short brother.. we will soon see that on day on judgement. no need to fight and argue right now

      October 25, 2012 at 4:40 am |
    • RF

      @San, Your comment says "son of God" and "lord or god" pointing both to Jesus christ....Are you ok?

      October 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  14. Rotten Tomatoes

    Romney vs. Obama

    October 25, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • Muhammad Ali

      I like eggs. I likes 'em hard boiled, poach, fried, over easy, scramble...I loves eggs...loves 'em.

      October 25, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • Desi

      I'd like an egg smashed up your nose. But I like turtles better.

      October 25, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • Muhammad Ali


      Yeah man, you make sense. I loves me some eggs. sunny side up, raw, soft boiled..I loves eggs...

      October 25, 2012 at 1:58 am |
  15. Dinesh

    Shuyaib and Eliminate Hindusm guy. Why so much hate against other religions? Everything is man created bilieves. You say hinduism is stupid ?? Then every religion has its flaw too. Stop picking on other's believe and try to sulk on your own flaws. Atleast hinduism preaches peace and harmony just like Buddhism since they have the same roots of origin. The only way the islamism will ever be respected is if you respect others. But you only talk about how accurate you guys are while your nations are at war within itself. Religion is just a way of life and new ones emerges as time changes. Period. Its not the word of "GOD" , EVEN if there was a creator , surely he wouldn't want us to waste our time praying crap! or killing our fellow humans!

    October 25, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • RF

      @Dinesh, when an Hajj articles is posted...so many christians and hindus jump in and say bad about islam, prophet and our god and our pilgrimage...is that not Hate???? you guys crossed in and you cry for your foul...

      October 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  16. Lexxvs

    In other words, none of the "lessons" are useful to face today's world challenges, where tolerance, peace and respect for other people's opinions etcetera are the key to progress. Therefore if the hajj is only about going backward and dwelling in atavism, good luck with that. I see more blood being shed by Muslims against Muslims (the bigger share by the way).

    October 25, 2012 at 12:55 am |
  17. Man

    I love Allah and Mohammad

    October 25, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • Muhammad Ali

      I like eggs. I likes 'em hard boiled, poach, fried, over easy, scramble...I loves eggs...

      October 25, 2012 at 1:10 am |
  18. Mohsin Haider

    We are all creations of same God, why we all can't live Happily together. Let's create peace with our neighbor's and give space to each other to practice whatever we believe in...
    Let God decide who is right and wrong, and let Him decide who will be rewarded for his or her good behavior.
    A Muslim
    Peace to all

    October 25, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • Mosin Nagant

      I hope you're talking to your Muslim brothers and not the infidels.

      October 25, 2012 at 2:31 am |
    • Dan

      It's not about your behavior. You can never be good enough on your own to enter the holy presence of God. Read the Tawrat, "God has appointed blood for the forgiveness of your sins." Jesus' perfect sacrifice is what you need.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:20 am |
  19. Reality

    Saving our sister and brother Muslims from the infamous hajj con:

    From 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!!!!

    Analogous steps are available for deprogramming the myths of the other major religions....
    Translations of the above to Arabic and Urdu can be found on p. 1:

    October 25, 2012 at 12:09 am |
  20. nick

    Whats with all the hate,are your souls really that filthy .There is one thing you have to remember,Islam is not going away.bomb us or kill us we are not going anywhere .Sooner or later your president is going to be Muslim.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • william1956

      Whats with all the hate,are your souls really that filthy .There is one thing you have to remember,christianity is not going away.bomb us or kill us we are not going anywhere .Sooner or later your president is going to be christian.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:37 am |
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