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mrazik
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:33 am    Post subject: 2-158 Reply with quote

2:158 Indeed, (Mount) As-Safa and (Mount) Al-Marwah are among the Symbols of God. So, there is no blame on a pilgrim or a visitor to go around them. If anyone volunteers to do acts of welfare, then most certainly, God is Appreciative, Knower. [.........There is nothing wrong in honoring such historical relics........]

Question 1: Which action of “pilgrim” or a visitor is being approved here by God?
Question 2: “to go around them”… How many times?
Question 3: “honoring such historical relics”….Why this act is explained as “honoring” but not as ritual?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear mrazik,

The text within brackets answers your questions.

2:158 Indeed, (Mount) As-Safa and (Mount) Al-Marwah are among the Symbols of God. So, there is no blame on a pilgrim or a visitor to go around them. If anyone volunteers to do acts of welfare, then most certainly, God is Appreciative, Knower.

[Abraham and Ishmael worked in the region of Mount Safa and Mount Marwah in Makkah, building the Ka’bah. There is nothing wrong in honoring such historical relics - 2:177, 22:28 - God has appointed the Ka’bah as the focal point for all humanity. And that is the real purpose behind the annual Hajj convention and, when announced by the Islamic Central Authority, the ‘Umrah conferences. 2:148, 2:196, 3:96, 22:27-28. Khair = Good things = Acts of benevolence = Community welfare = Peace and security = Betterment in both lives = Selfless service]

1. The act of going around Safa & Marwah.

2. Number of times? Left open - although traditionally pilgrims go around them seven times as perhaps you know.

3. If the Quran calls something 'Sh'aaer' (Symbols), it becomes honorable.
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