Mecca was recently the scene of shocking proportions when a crane which had not been secured properly crashed through the roof of the masjid damaging it and killing many. While families and the country mourns the loss of life and loved ones, we find strength and hope in the fact that they died performing acts of worship to God Almighty. Their lives are not a loss but actually a mercy as they will be – insha’allah raised as shaheed. Here we see Hajj 2015 continuing with live streaming of Mecca Mukarima. May God accept the worship of all these people and those who worship in their homes.
Hajj literally means ‘to set out for a place’. Islamically however it refers to the annual pilgrimage that Muslims make to Makkah with the intention of performing certain religious rites in accordance with the method prescribed by the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam). Hajj and its rites were first ordained by Allaah in the time of the Prophet lbrahIm [Abraham] (AS) and he was the one who was entrusted by Allaah to build the Ka’ba – the House of Allaah – along with his son Ismaa’eel [Ishmael] at Makkah.
Allaah described the Ka’ba and its building as follows:
“And remember when We showed Ibrahim the site of the [Sacred] House [saying]: Associate not anything [in worship with Me and purify My House for those who circumambulate it [i.e. perform tawaaf] and those who stand up for prayer and those who bow down and make prostration [in prayer etc.].” [Surah Al-Hajj 22:26]
After building the Ka’ba, Ibrahim (AS) would come to Makkah to perform Hajj every year, and after his death, this practice was continued by his son. However, gradually with the passage of time, both the form and the goal of the Hajj rites were changed. As idolatry spread throughout Arabia , the Ka’ba lost its purity and idols were placed inside it. Its walls became covered with poems and paintings, including one of Jesus and his mother Maryam and eventually over 360 idols came to be placed around the Ka’ba.
During the Hajj period itself, the atmosphere around the sacred Ka’ba was like a circus. Men and women would go round the Ka’ba naked, arguing that they should present themselves before Allaah in the same condition they were born. Their prayer became devoid of all sincere remembrance of Allaah and was instead reduced to a series of hand clapping, whistling and the blowing of horns. Even the talbeeyah was distorted by them with the following additions:
‘No one is Your partner except one who is permitted by you. You are his Master and the Master of what he possesses’. Sacrifices were also made in the name of Allaah. However, the blood of the sacrificed animals was poured onto the walls of the Ka’ba and the flesh was hung from pillars around the Ka’ba, in the belief that Allaah demanded the flesh and blood of these animals.
Singing, drinking, adultery and other acts of immorality occurred amongst the pilgrims and the poetry competitions which were held were a major part of the whole Hajj event. In these competitions, poets would praise the bravery and splendor of their own tribesmen and tell exaggerated tales of the cowardice and miserliness of other tribes. Competitions in generosity were also held. Thus the people had totally abandoned the teachings of their forefather and leader Ibrahim (AS). The House that he had made pure for the worship of Allaah alone, had been totally desecrated by the pagans and they had com rites which he had established were completely distorted . This sad state of affairs continued for nearly two and a half thousand years.
When an European airline was initially launched, an educated Muslim gentleman was traveling in the first class section. An air hostess approached him with a complimentary alcoholic drink, so that man politely refused. The air hostess returned but this time bought the drink on a platter, designed to appeal and impress however Muslim man again politely refused, explaining he doesn’t drink alcohol. The air hostess was concerned and informed the manager. The manager approached the man with another platter, now designed with flowers, and questioned, “Is there something wrong with our service? Please enjoy the drink, it is a complimentary offer.” The man replied, “I am a Muslim and I do not drink alcohol.” The manager still insisted that the man take the drink.
Then, the Muslim proposed that the manager should give the drink to the pilot first. The manager stated, “How can the pilot drink alcohol, he’s on duty!? And if he drinks there are all chances for the plane to crash”.
The passenger with tears in his eye, replied, “I am a Muslim and I am always on duty in order to protect my Imaan (Faith) and if I drink I will crash my whole life here and in the hereafter.
I hope many people take the time to watch or listen to this lecture. It is about an hour long but so worth the time and effort. This Scholar is just so humble and close to the hearts of people. Most of all – what he says makes so much sense. Please let me know what you think after listening to this. For those who are not Muslim, there is much in this for any God fearing people. Just keep in mind what most people do not know, “Allah” is the Arabic word translation for “God” in English. Allah is not some odd unknown god, He is the same God of Abraham Issac Jacob, Noah and all other known prophets and messengers sent before. Enjoy!
A friend sent me this link today and I checked it out to find a wonderfully simple site which a variety of information on Islamic teachings. The best part were downloadable books and videos which cover a wide range of topics; some for the educated Muslim and some for beginners and new converts. I hope that you will find this site beneficial and easy to use.
“FASTING is not about a diet of burning calories, rather a burning or pride, ego and sins”.
The Month of Rajab
Rajab, being the seventh month of the Islamic calendar is a stepping stone to the auspicious months of Sha’baan and Ramadhaan. Rajab is from the Ashurul Hurum (Sacred months), where the rewards of virtuous deeds are increased. When the moon of Rajab was sighted RasulullahSallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam would recite the following Dua:
اَللّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيْ رَجَبٍ وَشَعْبَانَ وَبَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَان
“Allahumma baarik lana fee rajabin wa Sha’baana wa ballighnaa Ramadaan”
Oh Allah! grant us blessings in the month of Rajab and Shabaan, and make us reach the month of Ramadhaan” (Shu’abul-Imaan & Ibnus Sunni)
This Dua should be recited regularly in the month of Rajab and Sha’baan. In preparation for Ramadhan, the relevance of
Rajab maybe understood as the month to sow seeds (good actions),
Sha’ban is the month in which we should water those seeds (with tears of remorse) and
Ramadhan is the month in which we reap the harvest
May Allah Ta’ala privilege us with witnessing Ramadhaan and grant us the ability to spend it in a manner that is most pleasing to Him, Aameen.