Can Jews & Christians come to Makkah?
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Dear Burhan bhai,
At one point you say mushriks are unclean and they should not approach the KA'ABA, and on the other hand you can marry (jews & christian) People of the Book which Allah has comanded as legal. To my knowledge even these two tribes are not allowed in Ka'aba. Pls clarify.
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Can Jews and Christians come to Makkah
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Your Statement: At one point you say mushriks are unclean and they should not approach the KA'ABA, and on the other hand you can marry (jews & christian) People of the Book which Allah has comanded as legal.
Beloved brother in Islam, it is not us who has said that the mushriks are unclean and they should not approach the Kaabah, or that it is permissible for the believers to marry a woman from the People of the Book! Allah Subhanah is the One Who has declared the mushriks unclean; and He it is Who has forbidden them to approach the Kaabah; and He is it is Who has given permission to the believers to marry the women of the People of the Book. We only repeated, what the All Mighty Lord has declared in His Glorious Quran.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 28:
O ye who believe! Truly the mushriks are unclean; so let them not after this year of theirs, approach the Sacred Mosque. And if ye fear poverty ,soon will Allah enrich you if He wills out of his bounty, for Allah is All-Knowing All-Wise.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 5:
This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you. The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you, and yours is lawful unto them. (Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book revealed before your time; when ye give them their due dowers and desire chastity, not lewdness nor secret intrigues. If anyone rejects faith, fruitless is his work and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good).
Thus brother, it is Allah Subhanah who has declared the mushriks unclean and forbidden them to approach the Sacred Mosque in Makkah; and it is Allah Who has given the believers the permission to marry chaste women from among the People of the Book, if they wish to do so.
Your Question: To my knowledge even these two tribes are not allowed in Ka'aba. Pls clarify.
When the aayah of Surah Taubah was revealed in 9th Hijri, the Messenger of Allah (saws) implemented the command of Allah Subhanah, and forbade the mushriks to enter the Holy City of Makkah. The People of the Book were still permitted to enter the Sacred Mosque. The mushriks and the People of the Book were still permitted to visit the Prophets mosque in Medina, but after the murder of the second Khalifa, Hadrat Umar al Khattab (r.a.); the believers prohibited both, the mushriks and the People of the Book, to enter the precincts of the Holy Cities of Makkah and Medina; and that prohibition is carried on until this very day.
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Your Brother in Islam,