✍️Millions of Muslims go to Makkah every year for Umrah and pilgrimage. They spend several days occupying all their time praising God and fully submitting to Him. They are blessed because they sacrifice money and everything to visit and dwell in the House of God.
✍️Muslims are ever praising and glorifying God in their prayers, and supplications. They also start anything in His name. During their visits to His house for pilgrimage they sing:
☪️O, my Lord, here I am. Here I am associating no partners to You. Verily, all praise is for You. Every bounty is from You and all Sovereignty is Yours. You have no partner.
✍️Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
✍️Muslim pilgrims dwelling in the Holy House of God in Makkah, ask God for forgiveness. They drive their strength by fully relying on Him.
➡️How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty.
My soul yearns,even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—a place near your altar,Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, they are ever praising you whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the 👉Valley of Baka,👈 they make it a place of springs the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 👉 Psalm 84:1-6
☪️.Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Baka – blessed and guidance for the worlds” (Qur’an 3:96).
Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her. The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.” The angel of the LORD also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery.
God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation. Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
✍️The descendants of Ishmael and his son Kedar are the Arabs, who have lived since that time until now in Paran.
By the fig and the olive ˹of Jerusalem˺, and Mount Sinai, and this secure city ˹of Mecca˺
This passage refers to the land of figs and olives where Jesus (ﷺ) lived, Mount Sinai where Moses (ﷺ) communicated with Allah, and the city of Mecca where the Prophet (ﷺ) started his mission. A similar reference can be found in Deuteronomy 33:1, ˹Moses proclaimed:˺ “The Lord came from Sinai. Rising from Seir upon us, he [sic] shone forth from Mount Paran. Seir is a mountain near Jerusalem, and Paran is a mountain near Mecca.
✍️Ishmael and his descendants have lived in Paran. Muhammad (PBUH), the descendant of Ishmael and Kedar, is the only prophet who appeared in the wilderness of Paran. Therefore, God shines forth from Paran, through His message of Islam to Muhammad (PBUH).
✍️The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had to flee with his followers from Makkah to Madinah. However, he re-entered it again with ten thousand believers (referred to as saints in the above verses) to give the fiery Law of God.
✍️Makkah is forbidden for the unbelievers
Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. ( Zam Zam Water ) The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.
And a highway will be there, it will be called the Way of Holiness, it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.
✍️Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the Holy City of Makkah, exactly as described above.
Believers, those who ascribe partners to God are truly unclean: do not let them come near the Sacred Mosque after this year. If you are afraid you may become poor, [bear in mind that] God will enrich you out of His bounty if He pleases: God is all knowing and wise.
This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced upon the Israelites before his death. He said: “The Lord came from Sinai(Moses), And dawned on them from Seir(Jesus); He shone forth from Mount Paran (Muhmamhad), And He came from the midst of ten thousand holy ones; At His right hand there was flashing lightning for them.”
➡️Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. …12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
— John 16:7-8,12-13 (King James Version)
➡️Isaiah 21:13 ►
A prophecy against Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia,
➡️Isaiah 42:1-10 Servant of the Lord
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations, He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets, A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice, he will not falter or be discouraged, till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.” This is what God the Lord says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison, and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.“I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
Song of Praise to the Lord
Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them, Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where 👉 Kedar, son of Ishmael👈 lives rejoice.
Let the people of 👉 Sela, mountain in madina 👈 sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops. Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his praise in the islands. The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.“ For a long time I have kept silent, ( Almost 600 year ) I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth,I cry out, I gasp and pant. I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation;
I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools. I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do;,I will not forsake them. 👉But those who trust in idols 👈 before Prophet Muhammad Arabian pagan worshiped idols 👈, who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’will be turned back in utter shame.
Israel Blind and Deaf
Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see! Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send?
Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the Lord? You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.” It pleased the Lord for the sake of his righteousnessto make his law great and glorious. But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, “Send them back.” Which of you will listen to this or pay close attention in time to come? Who handed Jacob over to become loot, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned? For they would not follow his ways; they did not obey his law. So he poured out on them his burning anger, the violence of war. It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand; it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.
➡️For behold, darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you, and His glory will appear over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the
brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around: They all gather and come to you; your sons will come from afar, and your daughters will be carried on the arm.… ( Isaiah 60: 3 )
👉Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your customers; they did business with you in lambs, rams and goats.( Ezekiel 27:21)
✍️Pilgrimage to Makkah in Isaiah (60:1-7)
➡️Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you, For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples, but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around, they all gather together, they come to you, your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms, Then you shall see and be radiant, your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you, A multitude of camels shall cover you, he young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you, they shall be acceptable on my altar, and I will glorify my glorious house. ( Isaiah 60:1–7)
In the verses, addresses a prophecy about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He would appear in a time of darkness to fill the world with the light of God. All the flocks and tribes of Kedar and people from the entire world have gathered around him.
☪️And proclaim among men the pilgrimage: they shall come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they shall come from every deep ravine” (Quran 22:27).
✍️Muslims sacrifice animals during Hajj (pilgrimage) and Muslims all over the world sacrifice animals in Eid Al Adha (the feast of sacrifice). People would come seeking the satisfaction of God.
✍️Jesus prophesied a new place for God’s worship
The place is other than Jerusalem
✍️When Jesus Christ was asked about the place where worship must be conducted, he stated that worship will be conducted at a new place other than Jerusalem. Through the message of Islam as conveyed by the Prophet, the place of worship of God moved to Makkah.
➡️The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father” (John 4:19-21).
✍️The kingdom of God will be given to other people
According to Jesus (PBUH), the cornerstone of the kingdom of God will be taken away and given to other people.
➡️Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits” (Matthew 21:42-43).
➡️The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:22-23).
✍️The cornerstone of the kingdom of God is his straight Path, Islam. It has been given through the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to the Muslims who represent today one-fourth of the population of the world.
✍️Paran in the Bible is Mecca today:
☪️Habakkuk 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran.
✍️English is sometimes problematic in translation. It translates the F as P. For example Philistine is pronounced Palestine. And we also have this silly PH substituting the F in many words. Similarly, Faran is pronounced and written as Paran. Even in the Arabic Bible, the word is Faran, not Paran. Why is this important? Well it turns out that even 100s of years before Islam, the mountains and region of Pharan or Faran were known to be in and around modern-day Mecca. See the proofs below from Christian, Jewish and other sources below in this article. I’ll use Paran and not Faran or Pharan for the sake of simplicity throughout this article. Tema in Hebrew means the “south country”, and it implies southern Arabian land and region. See Bible Atlas and several Christian and Jewish sources, below. We also know that Tema (Tayma) is in Saudi Arabia today, and Saudi Arabia is indeed south of Palestine and Jordan:
te’-ma (tema’, “south country”; Thaiman): The name of a son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:15 1 Chronicles 1:30), of the tribe descended from him (Jeremiah 25:23), and of the place where they dwelt (Job 6:19 Isaiah 21:14). This last was a locality in Arabia which probably corresponds to the modern Teima’ (or Tayma’ (see Doughty, Arabia Deserta, I, 285)), an oasis which lies about 200 miles North of el-Medina,…..
👉Source: https://bibleatlas.org/tema.htm (ample more below)
Quran 3:99 Say, “O People of the Book! Why do you turn the believers away from the Way of Allah—striving to make it ˹appear˺ crooked, while you are witnesses ˹to its truth˺? And Allah is never unaware of what you do.