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89:2 By the Nights twice five

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By the Nights twice five;

By the Ten Nights are usually understood the
first ten nights of Dhu al Hijjah, the sacred season of
From the most ancient times Makkah was the centre of
Arab pilgrimage. The story of Abraham is intimately
connected with it: see 2:125-127 and notes, also n. 217
to 2:197.
In times of Paganism various superstitions were
introduced, which Islam swept away. Islam also purified
the rites and ceremonies, giving them new meaning.
The ten days specially devoted to the Hajj introduce a
striking contrast in the life of Makkah and of the pilgrims.
Makkah, from being a quiet secluded city, is then
thronged with thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the
world. They discard their ordinary dress-representing
every kind of costume-to the simple and ordinary Ihram
(n. 217); they refrain from every kind of fighting and
quarrel; they abstain from every kind of luxury and selfindulgence; they hold all life sacred, however humble,
except in the way of carefully-regulated sacrifice; and
they spend their nights in prayer and meditation


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 89 verse 2) Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (

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