We are entering to the days of Hajj. These are the days of the pilgrimage to the House of Allah. Holy Prophet (asws) is saying about the Hajj in his Hadiths e-Sharif, ‘the ones striving in the course of Allah and the one performing Hajj, and the one performing Umrah, are all the delegations of Allah. He calls them and they respond to His call. They ask Him, and He answers their supplications.’
The Hajj, it is a preparation, it is a rehearsal for dying, leaving this world, and meeting with Allah swt. When a person goes on Hajj, he puts on his Ihram, two white sheets that are representing his funeral shroud. Every action in the Hajj, every step in the Hajj, it has significance. And that is why the person who performs the Hajj properly, he comes back free of sins. Because it is as though he has given up from his life and he has a new life for Allah swt sake. But, are the 21st century Muslims thinking like this?
One of the great Awliya Allah, Sheykh Ali-Hujwiri (qs) is describing the reality of the rituals of the Hajj, saying, ‘wearing Ihram, in reality means giving up your bad habits. Staying in Arafah means being busy with the love of Allah swt. Going to Muzdalifah means giving up from the desires of the ego. Making Tawaf around the Ka’ba means being in awakening station about Allah swt. Coming back from Mina means leaving behind your hawa, your desires. Running between Safa and Marwa means purifying your heart and your soul. Cutting a kurban means sacrificing all the desires of your nafs. And throwing pebbles at the sheytan means throwing away your bad companions and your bad habits.’ And he goes on to say, ‘if a murid fails to observe and learn this lessons from his pilgrimage to Ka’ba, his going to the Hajj will make no difference to him. And indeed, it will be an aimless and a vain show.’
So which Hajj is being made today? That real Hajj that Hz Hujwiri is describing? or that fake Hajj, that is an aimless and a vain show?
If we ask ourselves sincerely, we get the answer.
– Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz
SOME HADITHS ABOUT HAJJ:
Sahih Muslim, Book of Hajj:
Salim reported on the authority of his father (‘Abdullah b. ‘Umar) that the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) was asked what a Muhrim should wear, whereupon he said: A Muhrim should not wear a shirt, or a turban, or a cap, or trousers, or a cloth touched with wars or with saffron, nor (should he wear) stock- ings, but in case he does not find shoes, but (before wearing stockings) be should trim them (in such a way) that these should become lower than the ankles.
Sahih Bukhari: Book of Hajj: Hajj on Behalf of others:
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abbas : Al-Fadl (his brother) was riding behind Allah’s Apostle and a woman from the tribe of Khath’am came and Al-Fadl started looking at her and she started looking at him. The Prophet turned Al-Fadl’s face to the other side. The woman said, “O Allah’s Apostle! The obligation of Hajj enjoined by Allah on His devotees has become due on my father and he is old and weak, and he cannot sit firm on the Mount; may I perform Hajj on his behalf?” The Prophet replied, “Yes, you may.” That happened during the Hajj-al-Wida (of the Prophet ).
Sunan Abu Dawud: Book of Pilgrimage rites
Narrated Aqra’ ibn Habib: Ibn Abbas said: Aqra’ ibn Habis asked the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) saying: Apostle of Allah hajj is to be performed annually or only once? He replied: Only once, and if anyone performs it more often, he performs a supererogatory act.