Haj message to mankind

2015-09-10 06:00

THIS is the season of the greatest of spiritual journeys held dear in the heart of every Muslim for 5 000 years and more. The Haj Pilgrimage has lived on as the grand meeting of man’s most intense and sustained remembrance of his Lord The Almighty.

For more that 1400 years since the last days of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), each year it has thrived in the spirit, and in compliance with the divine will of the sacred way of the one whose call it seeks humbly and adoringly to answer and to glorify.

Haj enlivens and fortifies the conscience with a profound sense of connection, so deep in the human past, to Prophet Abraham (p.b.u.h.), his wife Hagar and his newborn first son Ismail, both of whom he left alone in the wilderness of the barren valley where they received from God Almighty the miracle of the blessed water of Zam Zam, and waited impatiently for the prophet Patriach’s return.

The Quran tells us the Prophet Abrahams story in remarkable detail with intended emphasis on the oldest of God Almighty. The Kaabah Haj in Arabic refers to pilgrimage to the house of Allah, the Kaaba in a specific bodily and mental state and within specific time frame to perform specific rituals. As such Haj is a broad and extensive form of workship that requires to put together and manage his financial, physical, mental and emotional resources for an extended period of time in which he or she has to perform a large number of deeds of varying religious weights, prerequisites, obligatory and recommended acts, and that requires one to have a reasonable knowledge of what, how and where to do each one of these particular acts.

Those who have been to Haj or studied it attest to how intricate performing Haj can be.

Muslims from Adam (A.S.) to the end of time belong to a single brotherhood. They are bound together by the concept of monotheism. In Haj this concept of monotheism is translated into deeds as Muslims from a wide range of backgrounds, stand united in one place, worshipping one Allah the Almighty, undivided by race, colour, language or nationality.

ASA Ameen

Mountain Rise

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