How many times has Hajj been canceled in Islamic history?

How many times has Hajj been canceled in Islamic history?

When and how many times has Hajj canceled in Islamic history? Learn the most important details.


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The Saudi minister’s announcement left nearly two million Muslims in despair. Who  expecting that they will fortunate to step on Saudi soil for the great blessings of Hajj Baitullah.

At present, only a few people have the opportunity to attend congregation prayers in the mosque. This article published on the history of Hajj published by the well-known Gulf Journal Middle East. If Hajj Baitullah did not occur in the year 2020, it would not be the only incident in Islamic history. This happened dozens of times in the past.

However, since the year 1932, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia came into existence, Muslims performing Hajj Baitullah every year, which then never interrupted again. Even the world in 1917-18, a few years before Saudi Arabia came into existence. An outbreak of Spanish flu that caused more than fifty million people to die, yet Muslims even then performed Hajj Baitullah. This will be the 40th event of this kind in Islamic history.

Hajj’s cancellations in past and its reasons, are as follows:

In 865 AD, Ismail ibn Yusuf al-Saffak, an opponent of the Abbasid caliphate, it attacked the pilgrims on the hills of Arafat, ignoring the sanctity of Makkah. Several pilgrims martyred in the attack and Hajj postponed.

In 930, Abu Tahir al-Jinbi, the leader of the occupying Bahraini occupation of Bahrain, attacked Makkah with a large army. According to historians, during this horrific military attack, 30,000 pilgrims martyred and hundreds of pilgrims killed. They even also thrown them into the well of Zamzam. These tyrants did not settle on him, but also looted the mosque al-Haram and on their way back, they also took Hajar al-Aswad (The Black Stone) from the Ka’bah with them.


The pilgrimage did not take place for several years after this incident, however, when Hajar al-Aswad (The Black Stone) brought back from Bahrain and installed in the Ka’bah, the performance of the Hajj’s rituals began again in the following years. There were also years when in 983 and later, when Hajj did not perform. Because of the wars between the Abbasid Caliphate and the Fatimid Caliphate in Syria and Iran and other Islamic areas, during which the pilgrims were prevented from going to Mecca. The Muslim civil war did not performed Hajj for eight consecutive years from 983 to 990. However, during the Hajj in 991, millions of Muslims were once again at Baitullah. After that, the Hajj Baitullah was never canceled for the next several centuries. It goes on to say that Hajj was not canceled only because of wars, political conflicts and massacres. In fact, outbreaks of widespread diseases outbreaks have also canceled the pilgrimage several times.


The plague epidemic spread to the subcontinent in 1831, when pilgrims from the all around the regions reached Mecca  for pilgrimage, this horrible outbreak, along with the affected people, engulfed thousands of people in Mecca. Due to these serious circumstances, the Hajj  canceled.

Just six years after the incident, outbreaks once again swept the mainland. Periodical outbreaks occurred between the two decades from 1837 to 1858, which prevented the pilgrimage from being performing Hajj seven times in that period. The first plague outbreak in Mecca in 1837, which did not produce Hajj until 1840. Then in 1846, the cholera epidemic surrounded the residents of Mecca, killing the lives of 15,000 people.

Due to the reason the performance of Hajj remain stopped till 1849. Finally, after the outbreak of the outbreak in 1850, people got a breath of life and millions of people performed the Hajj this year. In 1858, the epidemic of cholera once again reached at the time of Hajj in Mecca. Egyptian pilgrims escaped in this situation, who then breathed a sigh of relief when they reached the shores of the Egyptian Sea.

Where they lived in Quarantina for several weeks. The years 1865 and 1883 counted in the years when people were deprived of their worship due to the outbreak. The detail of this article already published in a special report by Middle East Eye. The link is as follows:




Plagues, politics and conflict: Hajj cancellations over the centuries

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