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ⅩⅫ, 27-33.
the chapter of the pilgrimage.

And when we established for Abraham the place of the House, (saying), ‘ Associate naught with me, but cleanse my House for those who make the circuits, for those who stand to pray, for those who bow, and for those too who adore.

‘ And proclaim amongst men the Pilgrimage ; let them come to you on foot and on every slim camel, from every deep pass, that they may witness advantages for them, and may mention the name of God for the stated days[1] over what God has provided them with of brute beasts, then eat thereof and feed the badly off, the poor.

30 ‘ Then let them finish the neglect of their persons[2], and let them pay their vows and make the circuit round the old House.

‘ That do. And whoso magnifies the sacred things of God it is better for him with his Lord.

‘ Cattle are lawful for you, except what is recited to you ; and avoid the abomination of idols, and avoid speaking falsely, being ʿHanîfs to God, not associating aught with Him ; for he who associates aught with God, it is as though he had fallen from heaven, and the birds snatch him up, or the wind blows him away into a far distant place.

‘ That — and he who makes grand the symbols[3] of God, they come from piety of heart.

  1. The first ten days of Dhu ’l ʿHiggeh, or the tenth day of that month, when the sacrifices were offered in the vale of Mini, and the three following days.
  2. Such as not shaving their heads and other parts of their bodies, or cutting their beards and nails, which are forbidden the pilgrim from the moment he has put on the Iʿhrâm, or pilgrim garb, until the offering of the sacrifice at Minâ.
  3. This means by presenting fine and comely offerings.