|The guests of Allah are returning after fulfilling the rites of Haj. They return, Allah willing, purified from their sins of the past.THE PAST IS NO MORE
‘Amr Ibn Al-‘Aas (ra) narrated: “When Islam entered my heart, I went to the Messenger of Allāh and said: “Give me your hand so that I may pledge allegiance to you.” The Prophet spread his hand, but I withdrew mine. The Prophet enquired: `What is wrong, O ‘Amr?’ I said, `I want to make a condition.’ ‘And what is that?’ he said. `That Allah will forgives me (for my past)’ The Messenger of Allah said: “Do you not know that Islam wipes out what came before it, and that Hijrah (migration) wipes out what came before it and that Ḥajj wipes out what came before it!” [Muslim] Ø AS PURE FROM SIN AS THE DAY HE WAS BORN: “Whoever performs Hajj to this house – Ka’bah- and does not commit any obscenity and wrongdoing, he will come return as the day he was born – pure and free from sins.” [Bukhari & Muslim]
DUAS ARE READILY ACCEPTED
When you put on your ihram at the miqaat, did you discard the attributes of selfhood as you took off your ordinary clothes?” “No.” “Then you did not really take on ihram. When you did tawaf of the Ka’bah, did you witness the beauty of Allah in the abode of purification?” “No, I did not,” said the man. “Then you did not really do tawaf.
When you did sa’yee between Safa and Marwa did you reach the rank of safa (purity) and muruwwa (virtue)?” “No.” “Then you did not really do sa’yee. When you went out to Mina did your muna (desires) cease?” No, they did not.” “Then you never really went to Mina.
When you stood on ‘Arafat did you experience even a single moment of ma’rifa (direct knowledge) of Allah?” “No.” “Then you did not really stand on ‘Arafat.
When you stayed the night at Muzdalifa did you renounce your love of this world?” No, I did not.” “Then you did not really stay at Muzdalifa. When you stoned the Jamaraat, did you cast away from yourself everything that stands between you and your Lord?” “No.” “Then you did not really do the stoning.
When you made your sacrifice, did you offer up your lower self to Allah?” “Then you did not really make a sacrifice and the truth is that you have not properly performed Hajj at all. Return and do the Hajj again in the manner I have described so that you may finally truly attain to the Maqam of Ibrahim.”
May Allah accept your Hajj, bless you with His forgiveness and may He grant you the strength to live the lessons of Hajj in your daily lives.
The Sunnah of meeting the Haji
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has said: “The Haji and one who performs Umrah are the Ambassadors of Allah. If they beseech Him, He would respond to them, and if they seek His forgiveness, He would forgive them.”(Ibn Majah)
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has said: “When you meet the Haji, greet him, shake his hands and instruct him to seek forgiveness for you before he enters his home, for undoubtedly he is forgiven.” (Ahmed)
Hajj affords the best training grounds for the revival of one’s faith and purity of character. It is the most sublime manifestation of the universal brotherhood of the Muslim Ummah. It is a journey of intensified devotion and discipline.
A Haji is therefore expected to return as a transformed person.
When Hasan Basri (R.A.) was asked, “What constitutes a Hajj-e-Mabroor?”He replied, “That you return from Hajj turning your back to this world and facing towards the hereafter.”(Al-Tabsirah)
May the Almighty accept your Hajj, make it a source of your salvation in this world and the hereafter and grant you the ability to say “Labbaik” to the call of Allah at all times, Ameen.
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