The Obligation of Hajj
- Contemplate the Enormity of the Journey to Come.
This is a journey that was taken by Prophets and Messengers before you. Those who take the path of the Prophets magnify the Tawhid of Allah and His House. Repent and come with a sincere heart submitting to Allah remembering what Ibrahim and his son Isma’il said when they were raising the foundations of Allah’s House, the Ka’bah:
رَبَّنَا وَاجْعَلْنَا مُسْلِمَيْنِ لَكَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِنَا أُمَّةً مُّسْلِمَةً لَّكَ وَأَرِنَا مَنَاسِكَنَا وَتُبْ عَلَيْنَا ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ
Oh our Rabb! Accept from us and make us submit to You in Islam and show us our Manasik [all the rites of Hajj] and accept our repentance.
[Surah al Baqarah, 2:128]
- You are set to depart and you may or may not return to your home.
Make this journey to Allah’s House as Allah wants it. Think of the next journey that is surely coming, the one that leads to the meeting of Allah, Most High.
Let this raises questions within you:
- What did I prepare for that Day?
- Am I following Allah’s Commands?
- Am I a follower of the Sunnah of Muhammad (ﷺ)?
- Do I really know Allah?
- Am I a believer that Allah is He described?
- Am I a believer that has committed themselves to the Quran and as has affirmed the lifestyle of His Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) into my life?
- Am I believer in all of Allah’s Names, Attributes and Actions which He has affirmed in His Book and by His Messengers?
When you reach the Miqat, reflect that there is another gateway that is yet to arrive. It is the Miqat that results in the Day of Resurrection:
قُلْ إِنَّ الْأَوَّلِينَ وَالْآخِرِينَ, لَمَجْمُوعُونَ إِلَىٰ مِيقَاتِ يَوْمٍ مَّعْلُومٍ, ثُمَّ إِنَّكُمْ أَيُّهَا الضَّالُّونَ الْمُكَذِّبُونَ
Say [O Muhammad]: [Yes] verily, those of old, and those of later times. All will surely be gathered together for an appointed Meeting of a known Day.
[Surah al Waqi’ah 56:49]
When you start saying the Talbiyah remember the Command of Allah to Prophet Ibrahim:
وَأَذِّن فِي النَّاسِ بِالْحَجِّ يَأْتُوكَ رِجَالًا وَعَلَىٰ كُلِّ ضَامِرٍ يَأْتِينَ مِن كُلِّ فَجٍّ عَمِيقٍ
And proclaim to mankind the Hajj. They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from deep and distant [wide] mountain highways [to perform Hajj].
[Surah al Hajj, 22:27]
The Talbiyah you make is in response to Prophet Ibrahim’s proclamation to visit Allah’s house of worship. Allah is Most Great.
Upon entering Makkah remember that you are in the Secure Sanctuary:
أَوَلَمْ نُمَكِّن لَّهُمْ حَرَمًا آمِنًا يُجْبَىٰ إِلَيْهِ ثَمَرَاتُ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ رِّزْقًا مِّن لَّدُنَّا وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
Have We not established for them a secure sanctuary [Mecca], to which are brought fruits of all kinds, a provision from Ourselves, but most of them know not.
[Surah al Qasas 28:57]
Let one commit himself to repentance, having a good opinion of Allah, hoping that Allah will grant him security from His Punishment.
You will enter one of the gates of al-Masjid al-Haram. Then there you are before the magnificent House of Allah, Most High, the Ka’bah.
Thank Allah for making this possible and hope that He, the Mighty and Majestic, will grant you the greatest reward of seeing His Majestic Face on the Day of Resurrection. This thankfulness is not just in saying “alhamdulillah,” but also by obeying Allah while on Hajj and for the rest of your life.
Start your Tawaf (circling the Ka’bah) knowing that it is a great time for magnifying Allah the Exalted. Remember Him by His Names, Attributes, and Actions.
Reflect in your Tawaf upon the time when Prophet (ﷺ) was prevented from doing the same thing you are doing today. Then think about what he did in clearing out the site from the symbols signifying worship to other than Allah! All those idols were demolished.
While in Sa’i (walking between As-Safa and Al-Marwah), contemplate on Hajar, the mother of Isma’il, when she asked her husband Ibrahim (r.a), “Did Allah order you to do this (leaving her and her baby Isma’il in Mecca)? He said: “Yes.” Her great response was: “Then He (Allah) will not neglect us!” Think about this great dependence upon Allah when you are in the Sa’i walking the same path which Hajar took in search for water and for the means of life around the mounts of Safa and Marwah. Think about her endurance, perseverance and trust in Allah. The Sa’i exemplifies the strong belief that we are in need for the One Who Sustains and Provides, Allah, the Exalted. Think about Ibrahim’s invocation on his way homeward to Palestine:
رَّبَّنَا إِنِّي أَسْكَنتُ مِن ذُرِّيَّتِي بِوَادٍ غَيْرِ ذِي زَرْعٍ عِندَ بَيْتِكَ الْمُحَرَّمِ رَبَّنَا لِيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ فَاجْعَلْ أَفْئِدَةً مِّنَ النَّاسِ تَهْوِي إِلَيْهِمْ وَارْزُقْهُم مِّنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَشْكُرُونَ
O our Rabb! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley with no cultivation, by Your Sacred House [the Ka’bah at Mecca]; in order, O our Rabb, that they may offer prayers perfectly, so fill some hearts among men with love towards them, and [O Allah] provide them with fruits so that they may give thanks.
[Surah Ibrahim 14:37]
Men and fruits came to Makkah from many places. Ibrahim (r) returned to visit and later to share with his son Isma’il the noble task of raising the foundations of the Ka’bah.
The standing on ‘Arafat is the Hajj. The crowds should remind you of the Day of Resurrection. Humble yourself to Allah, manifest your ‘Ubudiyyah to Him Alone through Du’a, sincere intention and strong determination to free yourself from the sins of the past and to build up a commitment to rush for doing what is good. Think of becoming a better person when you return. Rid yourself of false pride and showing off because it may ruin what you may gain on this day.
You gathered the pebbles and you are about to embark on stoning the Jamarat. This is an act of obedience and remembrance of Allah, Most Magnificent.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: When you cast the small pebbles (i.e. at the Jamarat), it will be a light for you on the Day of Resurrection.
[Reported by At-Bazzar in his Zawa’id (p.113) on the authority of Ibn Abbas. This Hadith is reported by Sheikh Al-Albani (may Allah have mercy upon him) in Silsilat al-Ahadith as-Sahihah. V. 6 Hadith 2515.]
When performing the sacrifice remember the saying of Allah:
لَن يَنَالَ اللَّهَ لُحُومُهَا وَلَا دِمَاؤُهَا وَلَٰكِن يَنَالُهُ التَّقْوَىٰ مِنكُمْ ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ سَخَّرَهَا لَكُمْ لِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
It is neither their meat not their blood that reaches Allah, but it is your devotion that reaches Him.
[Surah al Hajj, 22-23]
When you have completed you Hajj, do not think that the remembrance of Allah has ended.
فَإِذَا قَضَيْتُم مَّنَاسِكَكُمْ فَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ كَذِكْرِكُمْ آبَاءَكُمْ أَوْ أَشَدَّ ذِكْرًا ۗ فَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا وَمَا لَهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلَاقٍ
So when you have accomplished your Manasik (i.e. the rites of Hajj) remember Allah as you remember your forefathers or with far more remembrance.
[Surah Al Baqarah, 2:200]