Abraham's Tent

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The Hajj

One of the five pillars of Islam is the requirement for every Moslem to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, if possible. This is known as the Hajj in Arabic. A recent article describing that experience and written by Sabeeha Rehman, appeared in the Wall Street Journal and gives a vivid picture of that expression of faith. One of the essential purposes of Abraham’s Tent has been to help develop an understanding of each of the three great monotheistic religions and this piece contributes toward that goal. It is particularly of interest in that it was written by a female participant.


Read the article:
Memories of the Hajj, From Mother to Son By Sabeeha Rehman

Jeffrey Peter Agnes
LTC Thomas P. Curtis II
Contributing Editors
Rev. Michael P. Forbes
David D. Fautua
Readers are encouraged to write in letters to the editor with questions and observations at the following address: tent@smotj.org

Judaism is a monotheistic religion, with the Torah as its foundational text (part of the larger text known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible), and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts such as the Mishnah and the Talmud. Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenantal relationship God established with the Children of Israel.

Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Arabic: Allāh) and by the teachings and normative example (called the Sunnah and composed of hadith) of Muhammad (c. 570 BC – c. 8 June 632 AD), considered by them to be the last prophet of God.

Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and oral teachings of Jesus as presented in the New Testament. Most Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God, fully divine and fully human, and the saviour of humanity whose coming was prophesied in the Old Testament. Consequently, Christians refer to Jesus as "Christ" or the Messiah.