The truth about the Hajj ( David Wood of Answering Muslims )

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  1. θ says:

    Rite of the Mekka’s heathens is whistling and clapping hands. There’s no feeling of circumambulation the altar (house) in heathenism. No feeling of watching over the sacred house. No natural experience of the noon contemplating. No natural experience of the open-air relaxing. No action of three stonings either.

  2. θ says:

    The rite of “Tawaf”, circumambulating the Ka’bah as house of God, is not of the tradition of heathens, but rather a resemblance of angelic rite since several thousand years before Adam, that the angels have circled the Throne of God.

    It is possible that the Hadith story of Hagar and Ishmael for the rite of “Sa’yu”, patrolling between two sacred places, is a parable. It is quite implausible for a grown up woman like Hagar to not know yet what the fata morgana is, after all she has been living in a similar wilderness and desert in the Levant, hence certainly she knew what the fata morgana is, and how it is not the real stream of water.
    Nevertheless, whether Hagar really chased it or not til 7 times with hope of finding the water in the desert, yet the dramatic story of chasing the mirage or fata morgana for Sa’yu in Hadith is probably a parable of how two founders of Makkah, i.e. Hagar and Ishmael, worked 7 days a week to build the civilisation therein from the scratch.

    In fact, there’s an admittance of pagan theology in the NT. Whether it is parable or not, Paul teaches that the “blood” (body liquid that carries substance of waste and nutrients) is a payment of purchasing the church. Jesus was indeed bleeding a lot. This blood-related cult is not different than so many ancient heathen’s superstition of dedication by bleeding a building such as temple, palace, or bridge after its completion with the bloods drained from the sacrificed virgins.
    Acts 20:28
    Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

    Since it is unprecedented, not even in the Jewish tradition, where does Paul get a horrible idea of purchasing the church (either building or assembly) with the blood?
    The various rationales behind human sacrifice are the same that motivate religious sacrifice in general. Human sacrifice is intended to bring good fortune and to pacify the gods, for example in the context of the dedication of a completed building like a temple or bridge.
    In ancient Japan, legends talk about hitobashira (“human pillar”), in which maidens were buried alive at the base or near some constructions to protect the buildings against disasters or enemy attacks,[5] and an almost identical trope/motif appears in the Serbian epic poem The Building of Skadar where a sacrifice of a young mother still nursing her child will keep the city of Skadar (today Shkodër in the northern tip of Albania) walls from an evil Vila.[6][7]

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