O Hujjaaj, May I ask ?
Glory be to Allah for making the Ka'bah the rendezvous of the ummah, for making hajj the key expression of solidarity among Believers and as a manifestation of the bond of fraternity and mutual affinity, writes Sadullah Khan ...
Drop in the Ocean
The hajj is that largest annual Convention of Faith where millions of Muslims gather in the holy land, merging as streams of devotees from every corner of the earth to become part of the sea of Believers swirling in spiritually dancing waves around the Ka'bah in tawaaf. Each individual pilgrim, a drop in that ocean; a drop that always yearns to be part of that ocean. An ocean that knows no race, no language, no color, no gender, nor time. All praise is due to Allah for making this unique, international gathering of hajj an inexhaustible source for spiritual rejuvenation and as a perennial re-affirmation of faith.
Beyond the Ritual
The performance of prescribed rites, at specified times, at particular places in a recommended manner is aimed at reflecting a wholesome demonstration of Muslim fraternity. It acquaints the pilgrim with the historic, spiritual and physical environment of Adam and Hawa, of Ibrahim, Isma'il and Hajirah and of the final messenger of Allah (peace be upon all of them). By re-enacting some of the fundamental aspects of the best of our history (Hajirah's running in search for water, Prophet Ibrahim's preparedness to sacrifice his willing and obedient son or his pelting of the shaytaan ), all these identifies us with the best of our past and the lessons we need to learn from our great legacy.
O HUJJAAJ! You have visited the "house of Allah" in Makkah,
that city which is dearest to Allah, that city where the greatest of all creation was born, where he lived, where he received revelation, where he preached his message, where he was mocked and ostracized; that city which he was forced to leave and on the occasion of leaving he said;
"I swear by Allah, O Makkah, you are the best of cities and most loved city on earth by Allah; if I was not made to leave you I would never have left." That very city which he returned to 8 years later with an army of 120 000 and yet forgave his persecutors.
O HUJJAAJ! When you walked through the streets of Makkah,
did you recall the torments and hardship our Prophet had to go through to deliver Allah's message? Did you look at the hills and wonder where he shepherded the sheep of the rich Makkans as a teenager? Did you look towards Jabal an-Noor and consider how the Prophet sought solitude in those hills until he received revelation from Allah?
O HUJJAAJ! When you removed your designer clothes and put on your ihraam,
did you also cast of your arrogance, racism and chauvinism ? When you made tawaaf did you truly feel part of that ocean of faithful going in waves around the ka'bah? Did you consider the majesty of the One Allah and realize that you too are part of the infinity of zeroes that is totally dependant on Him? When you prayed at the station of Ibrahim (maqami Ibrahim) did you wonder about his status, impact and influence on world history? When you ran between the hills of Safaa and Marwah, did you realize that you were re-enacting the running of a slave woman (Hajirah) whose selfless search for water for her son was considered worthy enough by Allah to be incorporated as part of the hajj? When you drank of zam-zam did you reflect on how this once water served to quench the thirst of baby Isma'il who was later to become the forefather of our Prophet (pbut)?
O HUJJAAJ! When you stood on Arafah,
did you contemplate your insignificance amidst the multitude? Did you realize that you were truly part of a global community of faith that has promised to perpetuate the mission of prophets? Did you accept the fact that race, colour, gender or nationality means nothing if you are truly a Muslim? Did you remember to ask Allah for forgiveness and did you promise to be forgiving? Did you realize that you were symbolically close to death in the two pieces of white cloth? Did you understand that Arafah is a reflection of qiyaamah?
O HUJJAAH! When you gathered your stones at Muzdalifah,
did you prepare to equip yourself for the challenges and tribulations of the world? When you pelted the "shaytaan" in Mina was that a permanent declaration of war against all forms of internal and external evils? When you sacrificed on the day of Eid did you slaughter your ego and selfishness as well? When you buried the bones of the sacrifice did you bury with it the bad habits, attitudes and behavior of your old self? ( Was it not our beloved Prophet who said;" Whosoever performs hajj without impropriety and vulgarity returns as a new born baby.")
O HUJJAAJ! When you visited the Prophet in Madinah,
did you convey our salutations to that most beloved of Allah? Did you inform him of the state of his ummah, of the oppression in Palestine, of the suppression of Muslims in Iraq, of the starvation of Muslims in Somalia and Afghanistan, of the poverty in Bangladesh, the massacres in Kosova, Chechnya and Kashmir? With what face did you stand at his grave?
Did you then reflect on the plight of the kids dying,...
dying of lack of medication in Baghdad, of massive bombs in Kabul, of hunger in Mogadishu, of deprivation in Pristina, still from of the pain of separation from their murdered parents in Mostar and of a lack of hope in concentration camps of the West Bank. With what conscience did you visit the Prophet?
O HUJJAAJ! Ensure that your hajj has made you
more conscious of your Creator, more conscious of yourself, of your ummah, of your duties and your eventual accountability to Allah for your existence here on earth.
O Allah! Shower Your inexhaustible grace and infinite mercy on all those who have traveled to your holy open court, illuminate their hearts with insight, bestow upon them Your guidance; grant them the strength of the highest moral conscience, arm them with sincerity and a dedicated determination to improve the lot of the universal community of Believers.
I request your to please include Darfur also in the list of the places where Muslims are being persecuted. killed, raped and destroyed.
Till now approx 400,000 innocent non Arab Mulims have been massacred by Arab Muslims in Sudan and 2 million displaed from their homeland.
I love Islam! Brother Sadullah's article and the audio are sooo beautiful.
All praise is Due to Allah (swt) that Islamicity has been able to make information like this available.
would anyone know where I can get hold of the recitation by Sadullah Khan, and any of his other works please?
I really enjoy the Bullentin you sent to me, I will you the best and pray that Islam will be having upper hand in the universal.
May Allah be pleased with your efforts and ocntinue to bless you with rahma.
Ma Salaams, JAS
thank you for writing this article. It is good to remind us especially from the land of plenty to forget abt the plights of our other Muslim brothers & sisters, to be too absorbed in the rites required in the Hajj & yet fail to appreciate the underlying messages behind them.
May all those who are performing the Hajj be in their best health and ability. I miss being there and hope to be given the chance to revisit the Holy Land, insyallah.
i am very proud to be a muslim and after reading this article i feel even more inspired and the belief that we are the most fortunate of people is once again strengthened.may Allah grant you to continue your good work Insha -Allah
your faithfull afghan sister *MINA*
of terms as many are unfamiliar.
May we be enlightened!
please islamicity .com convert into URDU
language also because idont know more english and i am want to read HADIT.PLEASE SEND ME MAIL ABOUT THIS TOPIC
"did you convey our salutations to that most beloved of Allah? Did you inform him of the state of his ummah, of the starvation of Muslims in Somalia and Afghanistan, of the poverty in Bangladesh, of the oppression in Palestine at the hands of the Zionists, of the suppression of Muslims in Iraq by the Ba'thists, the massacres in Kosova, Chechnya and Kashmir? With what face did you stand at his grave?"
Please clarify. JazakAllah khair.
This ode to Hajj was most beautiful. I can definitely relate to what he was saying, it brought back many wonderful memories. Thank you very much! Jazakuma Allahu Khairan! Muhammad
It was really nice to read the article, Although i have not performed Hajj yet, it felt like i was all there. I have been thinking of writing to you people for a long time.... anyways keep up the good work. May Allah give his blessings to all...Ameen.
I became very emotionalto while going through the qutation regarding the message addressed to Hujjaj. My tear rolled down when I was reading it. My the Allah blessed all of us and guide us and award a chance to see all those which have defined.
Maqusood Ahmed Ansari
Asalamuilakum wa rahmatulah wa barakatu
Alhumdulillah, you are absolutely right in what you say in your comments. The Prophet (peace be upon him) can only be conveyed and receive our salaam. He (PBUH) is not aware (and never has been since his death), of the ummah's situation. Also, he (PBUH) can neither give us anything nor take anything from us, nor intercede for us whilst in his grave. This is why we are only allowed to give him our Salaam when standing in front of his (PBUH) grave and the graves of Abu Bakr and Umar bin Khattab (RA) in that place known as the home of the Muslim Ummah- Meddina. Anything else would be tantamount to shirk-e-akbar (big shirk), and Allah (SWT) will never forgive shirk if one dies upon it. However, the Prophet (PBUH) will be given the right by Allah (SWT) on the Day of Judgment to intercede on behalf of the rightly guided Muslim Ummah.
The above article is written in a metaphorical way to wake up the Muslim Ummah as to its plight for the last two hundred years or so. But, I agree with you that it can quiet easily be construed to mean something it is not intended to say. The Prophet (PBUH) said the Ummah will break up in to 73 sects and that 72 will be in hell and one in paradise. The one in paradise will be the one following the Qur'aan, the Prophet's (PBUH) Sunnah, and what the three rightly guided generations that come after the Prophet (PBUH) were upon. So, insha-Allah, let us all hold fast to the Qur'aan, the Prophet's (PBUH) Sunnah and what the three rightly guided generations that come after him (PBUH) were upon and we will never go wrong.
Your brother in Islam in the United Kingdom.
i wanted to ask for clarification. when the imam says "and inform him" speaking of the prophet(sas), i was taught that the prophet (sas) can only be told of the salams that have been given to him. the angel that is in the grave relates this. he cannot be told of worldly occurances. because this may cause confusion, i would ask that it be clarified. shirk even minor can be very dangerous. and misinformation can lead to it. jozokallah kiren for your enlightenment and reminder of the mercy allah has bestowed by giving us deen. the reminder benefits the believer.
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keep it up and thank you
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The Commentary on the Hajj was very beautiful.
It touched my heart and filled my eyes with tears.
If it is Allah's will I will be able to make Hajj
May Allah continue to Bless you.
Prayer on Hajj is real good, I appriciate the person who wrote it. Probabaly this message has not reached those who are already left for Hajj and this message is bit late on the web site i think.
thanking you in anticipation.
It is an excellent write-up which should difinately open the eyes of Ummah if read.
Please keep it up
I would like to tell you I'm very deeply moved by your article on Echoes of the Heart - Hajj..
When I read this article, I did not realize that my tears run down my cheeks.. the tears keeps on flowing..
I feel like I'm there.. & I feel like going there.. SubhanAllah!
I pray to Allah that He makes it easy for me to perform Hajj..
I pray to Allah that He helps you to continue to wake people up to bring back the light of Islam..
I pray to Allah that He guide us in this world & put us in Jannah in the hereafter..
Your brother in Islam
A wise man will hear, and increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.
Who is the better one to counsel with - The Lord or the many who perform the rituals of men?