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In it are Signs Manifest; (for example), the Station of Abraham; whoever enters it attains security; Pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to Allah,- those who can afford the journey; but if any deny faith, Allah stands not in need of any of His creatures.

Asad writes,

Lit., “in it [are] clear messages” – such as the messages relating to God’s oneness and
uniqueness (symbolized by the Ka’bah), to the continuity of mankind’s religious experience
(“the first Temple set up for mankind”) and, finally, to the brotherhood of all believers
(who, wherever they may be, turn their faces in prayer towards this one focal point).


Or: “is secure” – i.e., in the original sense of amn, which implies “ease of mind and
freedom from fear” (cf. Lane I, 100 f.)


Asad, Muhammad (1980). The Message of the Quran.

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