Sacrifice or sacrilege?

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In pre-Islamic times the years were measured from hajj to hajj amongst the Arabs, ever since the times of
the prophet Ibrahim – upon whom be peace – who had originally initiated it as a rite at the Behest of God.
This was so, because, apart from its tremendous spiritual significance and meaning, it was probably the
most spectacular socio-economic event in the annual course of the desert life, or rather, it became that in
the course of time. Originally there was none of that; it was a pure ritual of worship without any worldly
diversions from its exclusively spiritual nature. Like everything else, however, within the matrix of the
time-space continuum of phenomenal existence, its spiritual purity was not to last...........Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)