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Hajj and Hag Sukkot: religious pluralism past and future

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20.09.2021

Both the Holy Qur’an and the Holy Bible stress the religious importance of an annual pilgrimage to a sacred location (Hajj in Arabic, Hag in Hebrew). In Biblical times the Hebrew word Hag was pronounced Haj.

The Qur’an states: “So keep the three Haj (Pilgrimage) days and seven fasts when you return.” (2:196) and the Torah states: Three times a year all your men are to appear before the God of Israel. (Exodus 34:23)

Haj Sukkot was chosen by Prophet Solomon as the best time to dedicate the First Temple in Jerusalem. (1Kings 8:2). And Sukkot was the first sacred occasion observed after the resumption of sacrifices in Jerusalem following the Babylonian captivity (Ezra 3:2-4).

Haj Sukkot was so important during the centuries when Solomon’s Temple stood that the holy week of Sukkot was often called simply “the Haj” (1 Kings 8:3; 8:65; 12:62; 2 Chronicles 5:3; 7:8) because of the large numbers of Jews who came up to the Temple in Jerusalem.

According to the prophet Zechariah,14:16-19 in the future messianic era Sukkot will become a universal festival and all nations will make pilgrimages annually to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast there.

Sukkot was the first sacred occasion observed after the resumption of sacrifices in Jerusalem following the........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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