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“Haj without selling praise”


“To witness benefits for them and mention the name of God in the days of information, for the livelihood of the cattle in livestock,” a Quranic verse that carries these indications of mutual benefits between the pilgrim and the inhabitants of the no-man’s land; Of subsistence, transportation and shopping, not to mention the commercial activity that has been revived by successive pilgrimage seasons throughout history.

However, the pilgrimage markets and products associated with this season, or those related specifically to cultural heritage, which are woven into the social fabric of the Meccan environment in its entire ethnic and cultural diversity, appear in the midst of a (Covid 19) wild storm, a leaf in the wind that neither fattens nor sings from hunger!

The matter commented on by “Marwan Shaaban,” the deputy of the Board of Directors of the Makkah Chamber, saying: “The pandemic has weighed all economic activities, which is evident in the free Hajj for this year, as it covered all the costs of the state; In order to establish the ritual, under a specific path for the Hajj movement; Its goal is to ensure safety and achieve the principle of social separation. ”

“Hajj and sale of praise” the saying of the people of the ancient house that it was circulated; Basing this on a long history of establishing markets during Hajj, of all kinds, which were not confined to commercial goods only. What he represented at that time was the Souq Al-Majaz, and it was taking place between Mina and Arafat, in Diyar Hudhail, with people staying until the eighth of Dhu al-Hijjah.

Okay comes the most famous market in history. In a valley between Taif and Makkah, in addition to the transit shopping, the exchange of linguistic goods based on weight and rhyme. As for the “mujnah” market, whose commodity was intellectual and political debates, and the Messenger, may God bless him and grant him peace, went to invite the Arabs to enter Islam.

Therefore, the pilgrimage’s association with the markets may have been in fulfillment of the call of Abi al-Anbiya Ibrahim, peace be upon him. This is what the Quraysh saying represents: “Do not attend the Okaz market, which is forbidden, but who is forbidden, except for Hajj


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