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A short and important history of Hajj

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« on: November 19, 2009, 12:25:26 am »

I am so happy to read this thread.  The reason being, it's nice to see the emphasis on worship rather than just the celebrations that are made to follow.  I mean, during the 30 days of Ramadan as well as the first 10 days of Dhul Hajjah .. there are very few Muslims around the world who are really focusd on the actual importance of these days and therefore they barely concentrate on ibadah or worship of Allah Almighty.  Those who do worship, do it like a machine.  Their actual interest is in celebrating Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.  The day Ramadan and Dhul Hajjah start, you will hear talks also starting in almost every Muslim household regarding the preparations for Eid ---- what new clothes they're gonna buy or make, what they're gonna cook, whom they'll visit, whom they'll invite for Eid milan parties and so on.  Ibadah of Allah is done as a ritual and most heedlessly.  These people perhaps don't even know that the Quran does not even mention about Eid celebrations.  On the 10th of Dhul Hajjah, the sacrifice of sheep by the pilgrims is not supposed to be a celebration like a party.  It's to mark the end of Hajj with a new beginning, and so the pilgrims are told to sacrifice an animal for food in remembrance of the incident in the life of Prophet Abraham (pbuh).  And the pilgrims are allowed to eat a nice meal themselves but most importantly to share it with others especially those who aren't rich or they can also send portions of the meat to the poor and orphans living closeby.  But we have misinterpreted this event to the extent that during the 10th day of Dhul Hajah every year, their are lavish parties with dinner tables overflowing with meat dishes in all rich and middle class Muslim households.  Many of them who are financially hard pressed spend almost all their savings during Eid celebrations.  It's only the hadith that's brought the practice of Eid which has gradually developed into an extravagant ceremony and of course, a money-making opportunity for many in the business circles.  Hence those few days prior to Eid, all commodities in the markets become expensive.  I have no doubt that if our Prophet (SAAW) saw this, he would have been shocked.

Btw, would anyone care to elucidate as to how the present concept of Eid evolved into our society?

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