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    The Inner Dimensions of Hajj

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    مُساهمة من طرف AlJna 2010-07-03, 10:21 pm


    The Inner Dimensions of Hajj 81011The Inner Dimensions of
    Hajj: excerpts from The Fundamentals of Islam

    by Syed Abul Ala Maududi
    Nature of journey
    for Hajj
    The people of the world are usually aware of two kinds of
    journey.One
    journey is that which is made to earn livelihood. The second one is that
    which is undertaken for pleasure and sight-seeing.In
    both [of] these
    journeys, a man is impelled to go abroad by his need
    and desire. He
    leaves home for a purpose of his own, he spends money or
    time for his
    own requirements, therefore, no question of sacrifice
    arises in such
    a journey.But
    the position of this particular journey which is called Hajj is quite
    different from that of other journeys.This
    journey is not meant to gain any
    personal end or any desire of Nafs. It
    is intended solely for Allah,
    and for fulfillment of the duty
    prescribed by Allah.No person can prepare
    himself
    to undertake this journey until and unless he has love of Allah
    in
    his heart as well as fear of Him, and feels strongly that the Fard
    (obligation)
    ordained by Allah is incumbent on him.Therefore,
    whosoever sets out for Hajj
    parting from his family and relatives for a
    long period, allowing his
    business to suffer, spending money and
    bearing the rigors of the
    travel, he furnishes by his act of devotion a
    proof of the fact that
    there is in his heart fear of God and love for
    Him as also a sense of
    duty.[It also
    indicates]
    that he possesses the strength to leave his home, when
    called upon
    to do so, for the cause of God, and that he can face
    hardships and
    willingly sacrifice his wealth and comfort for the
    pleasure of God.Inclination towards virtue
    and pietyWhen
    the pilgrim gets ready for the journey with this holy intention, his
    disposition assumes a different color.His
    heart, which is aflame with exuberance
    of the love of God and which is
    pulsating with a longing to visit
    His House, starts harboring only
    virtuous thoughts.He does penance for past
    sins,
    seeks forgiveness from people whom he might have wronged, tries
    to
    render his due to others where necessary so as not to go to God's
    court
    trammeled with the unfulfilled rights of his fellow beings, shuns
    vice
    and develops fondness for virtue.Then,
    as he steps out to begin the journey, the
    more he proceeds toward the
    House of God, the more keen he becomes
    to do good deeds. He is careful
    to see that nobody is harmed by him,
    while he tries to render whatever
    service or help he can to others.His own nature desists
    from abuse, indecency, dishonesty, squabbles and bickerings because he
    is proceeding on the path of God.A
    man may be making [a] journey towards the
    Divine Haram and yet
    indulging in bad habits? How can such a
    shameless thing be possible
    [for] anybody?Thus the entire journey of
    his constitutes a complete Ibadah.Oppression
    and vice can find no place in
    contrast to all other types of journey.
    This is the one which
    continuously keeps on purifying man's Nafs. It is
    like a great
    reformatory course to be compulsorily gone through by
    every Muslim
    who sets out to perform Hajj.Blessings and effects of HajjFrom
    all the details you
    have heard you can judge that during the period of
    two to three
    months, from the time of deciding and preparing for Hajj
    to the time
    of returning home, what great effects are produced in the
    heart and
    mind of man!The
    process entails
    sacrifice of time, sacrifice of money, sacrifice of
    comfort, sacrifice
    of several worldly relations and sacrifice of many
    corporeal desires
    and pleasures.And all this simply for the sake of Allah, with no
    selfish end.Then,
    together
    with piety and virtuousness, the incessant remembrance of God
    and
    the longing and love of Him pervading the mind of the pilgrim, all
    leave
    a firm impression on his mind which lasts for years to come.[On]
    reaching this
    sacred land he witnesses at every step the relics of
    those who
    sacrificed everything [of] theirs in servitude and obedience
    to
    Allah.They
    fought against the pagan
    Arabs, suffered tortures, became migrants,
    suffered unbearable
    hardships, but ultimately did raise aloft the
    Word of God and did not
    rest content till they subdued every such
    false power which wanted man
    to become subservient to other entities
    than Allah.A
    lesson
    in courage and determination, which a devotee of God can draw
    from
    these clear signs and sacred relics, can hardly be available from
    any
    other source.If
    the attachment
    developed with his focal point of Deen (religion)
    through the
    circumambulation of [the] Kaba [and] the rehearsal of a
    Mujahid's life
    [through] the rites (Manasik) of Hajj (such as running
    about, and
    repeated departures and halts) are combined with Salah,
    fasting and
    Zakat, and they are all seen conjointly, you will realize
    that these
    processes constitute a training or some big task which
    Islam wants
    Muslims to execute.For this reason, Hajj
    has been made compulsory
    for those who are solvent enough and are
    capable to undertake the
    journey [to and from the] Kaba so that, as far
    as possible, Muslims
    in the largest possible number remain equipped in
    every period after
    having fully gone through this training.Hajj: a collective Ibadah[You]
    will be unable to
    appreciate fully the benefits of Hajj unless you keep
    in view the
    fact that each and every Muslim does not perform Hajj
    individually
    but that only one single period has been fixed for Hajj
    for the
    Muslims of the whole world, and, therefore, [hundreds of
    thousands]
    of Muslims jointly perform it.What I have stated before has only brought home to
    you the effect produced by this Ibadah on every Haji individually.Now
    I shall explain to
    you[...] how these benefits have been enhanced
    100,000-fold by
    appointing one single period of Hajj for all the world.The excellence of Islam
    lies in this very fact that by one stroke it achieves not only two but
    1,000 purposes.The
    advantages
    of offering Salah singly are by no means small but by making
    it
    conditional with congregation, enforcing the system of Imamat in
    Salah
    and by enlarging the congregations of the Friday and Eidain [the
    two
    Eid] prayers, its benefits have been increased to a limitless
    extent.The observance of fasting
    separately
    by each person is also a very big source of reformation and
    training
    but by appointing only one month of Ramadan for all Muslims,
    these
    benefits have been increased so much that they cannot be counted.Zakat
    too has many
    advantages even if dispensed individually. But with the
    establishment
    of Bait-ul-mal (Public Exchequer of the Islamic State)
    its
    usefulness has been increased to such a great extent that you
    cannot
    estimate it till such time as an Islamic government is formed
    and you
    witness with your eyes how much goodness and plentifulness
    result
    from collecting the Zakat of all Muslims at one place and
    distributing
    it among the deserving persons in organized form.Similar
    is the case of
    Hajj. If every [person] were to perform Hajj singly,
    even then it
    will bring about a big revolution in his life but by
    formulating the
    rules for all the Muslims of the world to perform it
    together at one
    time, its benefits have been increased to a limitless
    degree.Growth of piety and
    virtuousnessWhen
    every
    intending Haji [decides] to perform Hajj and immediately with
    this
    intent the virtues of fear of God, piety, penance, Istighfar
    (seeking
    forgiveness from God) and good morals begin to cast their
    influence
    on him; [when] he starts [saying] farewell [to] his
    relatives,
    friends, professional and other associates; and [when he]
    settles all
    his affairs as if he is no longer the same man as before
    (his mind
    is now pure and clean because of the newly-kindled spark of
    love of
    God), you can imagine the effect of the changed condition of
    the Haji
    on so many people around [him].And
    if every year in each of the different
    parts of the world 100,000 Hajis
    at an average get prepared for Hajj
    in this manner, their influence
    will improve the moral state of a
    vast number of people.Then
    the hearts of [a] large number of people [will be]
    warmed at places
    through which the Hajis' caravans pass, by seeing
    them, meeting them
    and by hearing from them the [sound] of Labbaik,
    Labbaik.There
    will
    be many whose attention will be diverted towards Allah and Allah's
    House,
    and the eagerness for Hajj will create a stir in their
    slumbering
    souls.And when
    these people,
    filled with the thrill of Hajj, return from the Center
    of their Deen to
    their cities and towns spread over all parts of the
    world and [are] met
    by numerous persons, then this [ interchange]
    and the accounts related
    by the former of their Hajj experience
    enliven religious sentiments
    among countless circles.
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