Posted by: Muhammad Ghazanfar Ali | November 15, 2010

The spirit of Hajj?

In the name of Allah, the most compassionate, the Merciful.

And pilgrimage to the House is incumbent upon men for the sake of Allah, (upon) every one who is able to undertake the journey to it; Holy Quran, (3:97)

لبیک اللہم لبیکـ، لبیک ﻻشریک لک لبیک، ان الحمد والنعمت لک والملک، ﻻشریک لک لبیک

(Here I am at Thy service O Lord, here I am. Here I am at Thy service and Thou hast no partners. Thine alone is All Praise and All Bounty, and Thine alone is The Sovereignty. Thou hast no partners, here I am.) – Hajj Mubarik to all Muslim brothers and sisters.

The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to Allah Almighty. It teaches us that All Muslims are brothers, and are equal and there is no discrimination among them on the basis of race, tribe, color, cast, creed, or language. Hajj teaches us that we belong to Allah alone and that we all need his mercy and forgiveness. Being the biggest world gathering in the world, it is a demonstration of Islamic unity. It teaches us, practically, the real human rights when we find people equal during praying and performing the rituals. Muslims get acquainted with the spiritual and historical environment of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) which strengthens their faith and it is a reminder of the Grand Assembly of the Day of Judgment when people will stand equal before Allah waiting for their final destiny. It confirms commitment of Muslims to Allah. On top of the above, Muslims on Hajj are rewarded, per God will, with forgiveness of all their sins and they return back as pure and innocent as the new born.

But question is still there. How many Muslims after performing Hajj, (even try to) change themselves? We can’t feel the pain of others, we consider ourselves superior to others and we are not ready to forgive little mistakes of others. We also forget all the unity and discipline. Apart from kindness and generosity, Hajj teaches us that Allah has blessed us greatly. How much of the Hajjis (the one who have performed Hajj) turn themselves into generous, bighearted people? Above all what does qurbani (Sacrifice) tell us about? It is a symbolic repetition of Hazrat Abrahim’s (AS) sacrifice, the way we should act upon all the orders of Allah. Why do we forget that all Muslims are equal, the sectarian discrimination must be eradicated out of our lives. It teaches us to take care of other people around us so that a logically equal and stable society be nurtured up.

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  1. nice effort dude. God bless you!


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