Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Muslim Pilgrimage

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
More than 1.5 million Muslims prayed in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on January 13. The event marks the day in the year 610 when Muslims say the Koran was revealed to Mohammed. Prayers at the Grand Mosque were performed in an orderly way despite the huge number of worshipers, the official Saudi Press Agency said. Reuters reported that Saudi Arabia has increased security, put hospitals on alert, and deployed extra workers to look after the worshipers. Authorities provided water and free transportation from the many automobile lots to the Grand Mosque, where worshipers circled the Kaaba, which Muslims turn to when they pray... Muslim faithful travel from all over the world to spend time fasting and praying in the city during the month of Ramadan, which began December 19 and ends the third week of January. Saudi Arabia also is expecting 2 million Muslims for the annual haj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, which falls about 40 days after the end of Ramadan. (Reuters)

How eager people are to engage in works-religion! But the Bible and history prove that the more one becomes fascinated by works-religion, the harder it becomes to accept faith-religion.

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