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The Saudi Govt warned of the possibility of cancellation of this year’s Hajj because of the #coronavirus. If it happens it won’t be the first time Hajj was stopped, for different reasons ranging from plague, war, banditry etc
#islam #history
We pray Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) bring an end to the Pandemic before the Hajj season ameen.
I will list some of the years and reasons Hajj was stopped in the past.
865 CE massacre at Arafat:
Corresponding to 251 AH:
Ismail bin Yusuf, known as Al-Safak, who led a rebellion against the Abbasid Caliphate, massacred pilgrims that gathered at the Arafat Mountain near Mecca, forcing the cancellation of the Hajj.
930 CE Corresponding to 317 AH:
The Qarmatians were a heterodox sect based in eastern Arabia, who established their own state under Abu Taher al-Janabi.
According to historic accounts, the Qarmatians killed 30,000 pilgrims while mockingly chanting verses of the Quran at them and dumped their bodies in the sacred Zamzam well. They then stole the Black Stone from the Kaaba. For ten years after this the Hajj was cancelled.
1814 AD The plague:
About 8,000 people died in Hijaz ( Present day West Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, Makkah and Madina included) due to a plague. Forcing the cancellation of Hajj that year.
Hajj was affected by serious epidemics so many times, that’s why the Saudi Government said they might be forced to cancel this years Hajj to avoid a reoccurrence of previous epidemics in Hajj seasons. Some of the years Hajj was affected by epidemics are:
1831 AD Corresponding to 1246 AH: an outbreak known as the Indian pandemic killed three quarters of the pilgrims during the Hajj season.

Cholera outbreaks in the years 1846, 1850 and 1883 AD also affected pilgrims.
Another cholera outbreak in 1892 AD :
The cholera outbreak coincided with the Hajj season and was severe, dead bodies piled up and deaths increased in Arafat and culminated in Mina.
1895 AD Typhoid outbreaks:
An epidemic of typhoid fever and dysentery spread by pilgrims that arrived Makkah from Madina.
1987 Meningitis outbreak:
The outbreak infected about 10,000 pilgrims that year.
May Allah bring an end to this pandemic ameen.
#CoronavirusPandemic #islam #History
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