The Quranic meaning of the word 'rajeem'.

"He (God) said, "Therefore, you (Satan) must get out; you are 'rajeem' (banished)"

15:34 and 38:77

Due to the fact that there is no legislation in the Quran for the stoning ritual which Muslims practice during their Hajj, the Quranic word 'rajeem' (in the above verse) has been corrupted by the followers of hadith to mean 'stoned', when it reality it means banished. Consequently, it has been falsely claimed that the stoning ritual during Hajj is authorised in the Quran!

The correct meaning of the word 'rajeem', which is banished or expelled, can be easily confirmed by reading the following verse:

"He (God) said, "Therefore, you must go down, for you are not to be arrogant here. 'Ekhroj' (Get out); you are degraded." 7:13

We note here that God speaks of the same incident and of the same command given to Satan, the only difference between this verse and 15:34 is that God replaces the word 'rajeem' in 15:34 with the word 'Ekhroj' which means (get out), thus the command to satan to be banished/expelled.

During the Hajj, Muslims collect 21 pebbles and throw them at 3 different stations (7 pebbles at each station). By doing so, they are led to believe that they are expressing their rejection of Satan and gaining spiritual strength to fight his evil influence. In support of such beliefs, they refer to some of the most ridiculous fabricated ‘hadith’, one of which claims that every time a stone is thrown at any of the three Satanic stations, that Satan in fact feels pain and groans in agony!! Believe that and you will believe anything! In actual fact the devil, and who is obviously not sitting at those silly alters waiting to be aimed at, is probably laughing his head off and rejoicing for succeeding in deviating the millions of idol worshippers from the sole aim of Hajj, which is to ‘Praise and commemorate God’, and in stead be preoccupied with his name! In reality, Satan has taken up two or three days of their valuable Hajj days to utter his name!! The fact that they are stoning him and cursing his name and not singing his praises is totally insignificant, simply because of the following facts:

1- The Quran tells us that the devil is made of fire and thus cannot be touched by physical matter (stones).

2- The devil is not sitting in these silly holes waiting to be stoned!

3- No human has the power or ability to see the devil or to be able to inflict him with any harm.

"O children of Adam, do not let the devil dupe you as he did when he caused the eviction of your parents from Paradise……………………He and his tribe see you, while you do not see them" 7:27

4- Every precious hour and day of the Hajj should be spent in commemorating the name of God Almighty alone, and not to utter the name of Satan. The Quran emphasises that the only duty of believers in the Hajj is to commemorate the name of God. The various verses which speak of Hajj in the Quran constantly emphasise this sole purpose of Hajj:

"And proclaim that the people shall observe Hajj pilgrimage …………… they shall commemorate God’s name during the specified days for providing them with the livestock" 22:27-28

"You shall commemorate God for a number of days" 2:203

"While you file from ‘Arafat’ you shall commemorate God………." 2:198

"As you complete your rites, you shall continue to commemorate God……" 2:200

5- God Almighty has prescribed for us in the Quran the only way to deal with the devil and that is to seek refuge in God from his whispers and not to throw silly stones!

"Say, ‘My Lord, I seek refuge in You from the whispers of the devils, and I seek refuge in You, my Lord, lest they come near me." 23:98

It is no surprise that after this obvious act of idolatry, to note that most of the people who die every year during Hajj in fact die at the location of the stoning, could this be a hint from God to warn the masses of their act of idolatry?