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.
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
O HUJJAAJ! When you walked through the streets
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)?
When you stood on Arafah,
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?
When you gathered your stones at Muzdalifah,
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
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
Ode (in Arabic) by Sadullah Khan