The spread of the corona virus has caused the closure of the two major mosques in Mecca and Medina, which is sad and painful for Muslims who live in every corner of the world.
If this year Hajj not takes place or take place with a limited gathering, it will not be the first time. According to the history review, Hajj has been stopped or canceled nearly 40 times in the past 1400 years, and Hajj has been canceled or done by a large number of people. Here is a brief history.
In 865, Ismail bin Yusef (Al-Safeq) led the riot against the Abbasid Caliphate and killed a large number of pilgrims who gathered on Arafat during the performance of the Hajj rituals, and therefore it was not possible to complete the Hajj that year.
2. 930. - 940.
In the year 930, the Hajj was canceled for about 10 years. According to the Saudi King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives, this was the most famous cancellation of the Hajj.
The Caramatians [Shi,ite sect] seized the holy city of Mecca and considered pilgrimage to be an atheistic ritual. In the year 930, Abu Taher attacked Mecca during the Hajj season and killed 30,000 pilgrims while chanting the verses of the Noble Qur’an. After killing them, their bodies were placed in the holy well of Zamzam. The Caramatians also stole the Black Stone.
Hajj was suspended after the disease afflicted the city of Mecca with the lives of many pilgrims.
This year, travel agencies raised Hajj prices to their peak, and Egyptian pilgrims were unable to perform the Hajj.
No pilgrims came from the east or Egypt for the Hajj.
The partial suspension of the Hajj meant that only a few Iraqi pilgrims were able to reach Mecca to perform the Hajj.
The Iraqis, Egyptians, Central Asians, and northern Muslim Arabs did not perform the Hajj because of fear and insecurity.
Conflicts around the Muslim world prevented pilgrims from reaching Mecca and performing the Hajj.
The Egyptians were unable to perform Hajj because of the Kurdish leader's attempt to extend his authority over their country.
10. 1256 - 1260
People outside of Hijaz [Golf countries] cannot perform the Hajj due to tensions and conflicts in the region.
The diseases spread to the country, killing about 8,000 people. This year the Hajj has been suspended.
In 1831, a disease spread widely across India that led to the death of three quarters of the pilgrims. This year the Hajj has been suspended.
In 1837, an epidemic stopped the Hajj. This epidemic killed hundreds of pilgrims daily.
In 1858 an epidemic spread and pilgrims fled to Egypt from Mecca.
In 1864 thousands of pilgrims died due to outbreaks of disease.
In 1871, a serious pandemic struck the city of Mecca, which resulted in the construction of a quarantine in Mecca on the road from Mecca to Medina. Several doctors were called from Egypt.
During the cholera epidemic in 1892, the hajj was suspended due to the outbreak coinciding with the hajj, which resulted in a large number of deaths.
In 1895, an outbreak of typhoid and dysentery that arose out of Medina.
Though its sad and unpleasant to every Muslim around the world to hear the news of Hajj cancellation, but we should not forget that its part and per cell of trial and tribulation.